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Medical Assisting Program Information Sessions

The next Information session for the Medical Assistant Training Program that begins in January 2022 will be held on November 10, 2021, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at St. Joseph School of Nursing, 5 Woodward Avenue, Nashua, NH 03060.  PLEASE RSVP TO  Attendance at an information sessions is strongly recommended.

Medical Assisting Training Program Information

The Program starts in January 2022 and is a 12-week training program with 172 hours of classroom lecture, 116 hours of classroom clinical lab, and 160 hours of internship hours for a total of 448 program hours.

The training prepares trainees for employment as a medical assistant. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the CCMA (NHA) exam, leading to national credentialing as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.

The team-based learning model focuses on a high standard of clinical skills, medical ethics, and professionalism to meet the complex demands in medical offices, hospital clinics, outpatient care centers, and urgent care centers.

The training focuses in areas including laboratory testing, phlebotomy, obtaining vital signs, assisting with exams and minor outpatient procedures, medical coding, and patient scheduling. This fast paced training will require students to successfully demonstrate a range of administrative and clinical competencies including managing electronic medical records, medical coding, medical billing and patient scheduling, phlebotomy, laboratory testing, collecting and preparing specimens for microbiological testing, obtaining vital signs, assisting with exams and minor outpatient surgical procedures, maintaining infections control and sterilization techniques, and applying pharmacology principles to prepare and administer medications and vaccines.

Phlebotomy Training Program Information

The Phlebotomy Training Program integrates theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills, providing the basis for the trainee to effectively perform as an entry-level phlebotomist upon completion of the program. Classroom learning consists of 120 hours combined with an internship requirement of 50 successful venipunctures. The internship will be performed in a clinical laboratory or other health care facility, providing the trainee with the knowledge and skills necessary to take the national credentialing exam for phlebotomist. Phlebotomy technicians provide critical support to clinical practitioners, collecting and analyzing blood specimens among other lab duties. Good communication ability, fine motor skills and some mobility are required for phlebotomists to successfully perform in most clinical settings.

Nursing Assistant Training Program:  Information Coming Soon

1. Application

Application for admission to St. Joseph School of Nursing must be completed  at  Inquiries may be made by phone at (603) 594-2567 or (800) 370-3169. An application fee of $25 is due with the application.  An applicant can pay by phone using a credit card or send in a check or money order made payable to: St. Joseph School of Nursing. An admission file will be considered "incomplete" and will not be considered for admission if the credit card or personal check payment cannot be processed by the application deadline due to insufficient funds or other account problem(s).  A charge of $25 will be made for any returned checks. The application fee will be credited towards the tuition fee.


2. Transcript(s)

a) High School/GED/HiSET

The applicant must submit an official high school or GED or HiSET transcript from a US Department of Education approved school or facility.  The high school diploma, GED or HiSET must show courses of study related to math, science, reading, and writing skills as part of the secondary school education.

b) Foreign Documents/Transcripts

Applicants with foreign documents must have them translated through the Center for Educational Documentation in Boston, MA or World Education Services, Inc. in New York, NY.  Translation must indicate that the applicant has the equivalent of a US High School Diploma.

Center for Educational Documentation(CED)     OR      World Education Services Inc. (WES)
PO Box 170116                                                                 PO Box 5087
Boston, MA 02117                                                             Bowling Green Station
Tel: (617) 338-7171                                                           New York NY  10274-5087
Fax: (617) 338-7101                                                          on-line:

3. Duolingo English or TOEFL EXAM

If an applicant is born in a country where English is not an official language, they are required to take the Duolingo English of TOEFL exam and have an official copy of their scores sent to the school. 

Passing scores are as follows: Duolingo English results of at least 85 or above; Duolingo English exam scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. 

TOEFL exam results  - 20 in Speaking and Listening; 17 in Writing; 16 in Reading and 73 Overall.  TOEFL exam scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. 

• ONLY a foreign-born applicant who became a US Permanent Resident or Naturalized Citizen before age six and attended elementary and secondary education in the US, may request a TOEFL exemption. A letter requesting the exemption must be submitted in person to the Admission Office along with your original permanent resident card or certificate of naturalization at least six (6) weeks before the application deadline. The exemption will be reviewed and the applicant notified if the exemption has been granted.