Immediate:  October 10, 2022                                                                                                                      

Northwell, Nassau Community College launch Earn & Learn program, promoting scholarship and career growth in healthcare

New Hyde Park, NY – Northwell Health and Nassau Community College (NCC) today announced a new education and scholarship program to train entry-level medical associate candidates to become medical assistants in a wide range of outpatient health care settings. The program starts in January 2023.

The inaugural Earn & Learn Medical Assistant Program is open to eligible current Northwell employees and external candidates who may apply for the program that includes a scholarship from the health system to earn a medical assistant certificate from Nassau Community College. A major component of the program will include medical associates starting work at Northwell Health, while simultaneously beginning their coursework at NCC, in the one-year medical assistant certificate program. Northwell will pay tuition and fees of about $10,000 per person and the Nassau Community College Foundation will cover book expenses for the first initial year of the program.

“Medical assistants are key members of the health care team in physician practices and other outpatient medical facilities – they are often the first clinical staff member patients encounter,” said Kathleen Donovan, Northwell’s regional human resource officer in ambulatory services. “We’re excited to partner with Nassau Community College to design this innovative, hands-on training program for medical assistants as we look to prepare our current and future workforce for careers in health care.

“The medical assistant field is expected to grow exponentially in the next five years,” said Maria Conzatti, Ed.D. interim president of Nassau Community College. “As the largest single community college campus in New York state, Nassau Community College is pleased to match the critical needs of our medical partners with the educational aspirations of people in our communities.”

The one-year program was designed to train and retain medical assistants in the competitive health care industry. Students work four days a week and take coursework at Nassau Community College on Fridays, two evenings per week and Saturdays. The work-education program also provides study sessions, mentors, team building and clinical placement upon graduation. Upon successful performance in their medical associate role and the completion of the required coursework, the student will be promoted to a certified medical assistant position and commit to working at Northwell in this role for a minimum of one year. 

Coursework for medical assistants include: administrative and clinical documentation, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR and basic life support training, medical coding among other clinical areas. Medical assistants perform patient care under the direct supervision of a physician or nurse.

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Contacts:   Betty Olt, Northwell Health

Lindsey Angioletti, Nassau Community College

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals, 850 outpatient facilities and more than 12,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 80,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,900 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn

 About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to prepare students to start, and continue, their successful journeys through higher education. Serving 14,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC awards 67 associate degrees and 25 certificates. Through on-campus and online offerings, the college educates local and international students, and boasts 168,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live and work in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, NCC has earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, affordability, and ease of transferability to four-year schools. 

Lindsey Angioletti, Nassau Community College

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