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.
“[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