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Your Future Starts Here Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Massage Therapy Career Training

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Why First Institute?

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.

Our Programs

Dental Assisting

Teeth are one of the first things people notice about others. And a healthy smile is more than a friendly expression. Play your part in helping others look and feel their best as a dental assistant. You’ll work alongside dentists, brightening smiles and ensuring offices run smoothly and helping.

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Medical Assisting

Are you the type of person who likes caring for others? Who wants to nurture and heal people and relieve pain? A career as a Medical Assistant could be perfect for you. At First Institute, you can learn the skills you need to get started in this essential field in around a year.

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Massage Therapy

Whether it’s by helping others in pain, reducing stress or helping injuries heal, there are few jobs more personally rewarding than Massage Therapy. At First Institute, you can learn the skills you need to start a career as a professional massage therapist in as little as 44 weeks.

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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.

Military Education Benefits and Support

At First Institute, we’re proud to provide career training for students who have served this country. It is a great honor to help veterans, active military personnel, and their families pursue civilian careers and build rewarding futures.

Resources for Veterans and Their Families

  • Chapter 30 & 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty/Selected Reserve (MGIB & MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with service connected disabilities
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Chapter 35 Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (TA)
  • MyCAA Military Spouse Career Advancement Account

Contact us to learn which programs you may qualify for.