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Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Massage Therapy Career Training

Don’t just dream about a better future – make it happen. First Institute can equip you with the skills you need to start a rewarding new career in Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting or Massage Therapy in about a year. With campuses in Crystal Lake, Libertyville, and Aurora, we’re ACCET accredited, with convenient scheduling for busy adults.

Why First Institute?

With focused training, we’ve been preparing students for new careers for four decades. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and opportunities you need to build a brighter future. That’s why we offer:

Flexible scheduling

Both day and night classes, including a hybrid online component, are available, so you can find the right fit for your busy schedule.

Lifetime placement assistance

We help graduates find jobs, no matter how long ago they completed their program.

Hands-on training

Practical experience from expert instructors helps you start your career with confidence.

Exceptional Staff

Meet the staff that will take you along your successful career path.

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Our Programs

Dental Assisting

Make your future something to smile about. First Institute’s 50-week Dental Assistant program will help you master the clinical and administrative skills needed in dentists’ offices. You’ll learn under the guidance of experienced dental professionals as you learn everything you need to launch your career.

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Medical Assisting

Train for an essential career with First Institute. Our 53-week Medical Assisting program features job-focused training and personalized instruction to equip you with the skills and real-world experience you need to succeed.

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Massage Therapy

Learn to heal with your touch. First Institute’s Massage Therapy program can be completed in just 44 weeks, teaching you a variety of techniques that can relieve stress, reduce pain and improve quality of life.

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“[Massage therapy] is a career where you’re genuinely helping people. And I think the best massage therapists absolutely have that.”


Owner - Elements Salon


Suzanne, Owner – Elements Massage

At First Institute, you can train for a rewarding career. Hands-on training helps you make a real difference in the lives of others.

“I realized right away it was something I was meant to do all along, especially since they welcomed me like family.”


Medical Assisting Graduate


Alex, Medical Assisting Graduate

First Institute was exactly what this student was looking for.

“I liked how the teachers were very hands-on with us, we were able to do lab work. I like that I was able to work with my fellow classmates… I felt very prepared.”


Dental Assisting Graduate


Jessica, Dental Assisting Graduate

The instructors at First Institute are committed to preparing students for career success.

“Massage therapy is in-demand right now. We’re hiring because we have the demand.”


Tricosi Salon & Spa


Cassandra, Tricoci Salon & Spa

Employers are looking to hire First Institute graduates right now.

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