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First Medical Assistant Cohort Completes Coursework

May 05, 2022

The first student cohort in the Memorial Hospital/White Mountains Community College Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program has officially completed their nine months of coursework. Each week since last September they spent two days on-site and two days in the classroom at WMCC, with a fifth day allotted for studying. After final exams and board exams, these eight students will continue their work at Memorial.

Group of socially-distanced medical assistant students wearing masks in a classroom setting
(l-r) Sam Owen, Charles Thagourus, Kristen Hatch, Alyssa Rosa (via video chat), Memorial President Art Mathisen, Jennifer Tozier, Jade Danforth, Jessica Hill, and Sherri Spittle.
Students participated in a credit-bearing apprenticeship program aimed at filling open positions at Memorial’s primary care practices. They also rotated through the hospital’s specialty care offices and participated in Memorial’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts and last winter’s drive-thru flu clinics.

Tuition and fees for the program are funded by proceeds from Memorial’s golf tournament, plus grants from Citizens Bank.

Memorial President Art Mathisen came to the last class to thank the students for their participation and to welcome them as new Medical Assistants. Celebrating their last class are (l-r) Sam Owen, Charles Thagourus, Kristen Hatch, Alyssa Rosa (via video chat), Memorial President Art Mathisen, Jennifer Tozier, Jade Danforth, Jessica Hill, and Sherri Spittle.

A new cohort is forming to begin coursework in the fall. To learn more contact Beth Carpenter at or 603-356-4939 or WMCC’s Medical Assistant Certificate program, contact Tamara Roberge at, 603-342-3062 (or visit


About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, diabetes care, behavioral health, women's health, podiatry, orthopedics and physical therapy. Memorial Hospital is also home to The Merriman House nursing home, which provides senior care services in a comfortable, home-like setting. For more information,  or call 603-356-5461.

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