Great Bay launches new medical assistant program

05/26/2015 by Lisa Proulx

EXETER – Great Bay Community College (GBCC) has partnered with Exeter Hospital’s primary and specialty care affiliate Core Physicians and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital to launch a new medical assistant training program.
The program includes eight weeks of full time classroom education at Great Bay, followed by four weeks of clinical training. After the successful launch of the program in April with a 100% hiring rate, GBCC is currently registering for the next session, starting July 13.

“There is a shortage of trained medical assistants in the field,” said Chris Callahan, Vice President of Human Resources for Exeter Hospital. “We have developed this program to support what is essentially a developing profession. Trained medical assistants are a valuable resource for physicians to ensure patients receive care in an expert and efficient manner.”

As an incentive, for those who secure employment through Core Physicians, 60% of tuition will be paid and students will receive base pay and eligible benefits during the program. Students will then make a two year commitment of employment.
Lin Tamulonis, Associate VP Corporate & Community Education at Great Bay, said the program meets current, emerging and employer specific skills and provides the participant with the knowledge and training to be an effective contributing healthcare team member. Through this rigorous training program, students will learn to manage the pace and requirements of a medical assistant in the field.

For more information about the program at Core Physicians, call Julie Bailey at 603-580-6347. For application and registration information from Great Bay Community College contact Kim Hashem Dugal at 603-427-7647, or visit

For those currently working in the field and looking for a credential, GBCC is also offering a test preparation course for the National Healthcareer Association CCMA exam. For more information contact: Kathleen Totten, Director of Community Development, Great Bay Community College, 603-427-7651 or email