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01 June 2023

UPMC and HACC Partner to Support Medical Assisting Certificate Students

HACC graduates may receive payments equivalent to the program cost.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Central Pennsylvania residents now have an easier path to pursue a career as a medical assistant (MA) thanks to a partnership between UPMC and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

Under this partnership, called the UPMC Scholars Program, HACC graduates who fulfill the UPMC work commitment will receive payments equivalent to the cost of the program in addition to their salaries. Students must complete at least two years of the work requirement at UPMC in Central Pa. facilities. UPMC will offer a variety of full- and part-time position options to accommodate student schedules in combination with their studies.

Students can enroll in HACC’s new two semester Medical Assisting Certificate Program which is available at both the College’s Gettysburg and Harrisburg campuses. Classes will start Aug. 28, 2023, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 15. The first semester enrollment is limited to 48 students. 

“Medical assistants are important health care professionals who perform clinical and administrative duties,” said Lou Baverso, president, UPMC in Central Pa. “Becoming a medical assistant is a great way to enter into the health care field while opening opportunities to a number of career paths options.”

“Medical assistants play a key role in the healthcare field and we’re HACC proud to partner with UPMC to support them. The College’s program prepares our students to enter the workforce quickly while ensuring they have the tools they need to be successful in their career,” said HACC President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D.

To learn about HACC’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program, please visit

To learn about the UPMC Scholars Program, please contact
Photo Caption: Central Pennsylvania residents now have an easier path to pursue a career as a medical assistant (MA) thanks to a partnership between UPMC and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

About UPMC 
A $26 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 95,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 4.5 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.5 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $900 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.  For more information, go to 

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HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 14,023 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.

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