Get the Skills to Be a Medical Assistant
53 Week* Medical Assistant Program in Crystal Lake & Libertyville, Illinois
If you are ready to use your natural helping and healing nature to help others, medical assisting may be a good career for you.
What to Expect
Our medical assisting program gives you the chance to learn about the medical field while learning how to get established in a rewarding professional career. The good news? You don’t have to spend years in school.
If you’re already working, it’s not a problem! First Institute has both daytime and nighttime medical assisting training programs available. Daytime class hours are two days a week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and the evening schedule is four nights a week (Mon through Thurs) from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Becoming a qualified medical assistant takes hard work, but we make it easier to get closer to your dreams of helping others. Available at both our Crystal Lake and Libertyville campuses, we provide the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding healthcare career.
Our medical assisting program includes a 160-hour (10-week) externship in a medical office setting, which allows you to work with real patients and healthcare providers in the local community.
Additionally, our instructors are experienced medical professionals who know what employers are seeking in candidates. This means you’ll gain the administrative and clinical skills needed to move smoothly into a medical assisting position after graduation.
Next Program Start Dates
- Aug 24thMedical Assisting: Day Class - Mon/Wed First Institute (Crystal Lake)
- Sep 9thMedical Assisting: Day Class - Mon/Wed First Institute (Libertyville)
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Career Outlook & Compensation
As baby boomers age into assisted living and require more medical care, there is a growing demand for healthcare professionals. Consequently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 23% increase in the employment of medical assistants over the next decade. These professionals also reported an annual income of over $33,000 in 2018.
Graduates with this training may work as:
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
- Administrative Medical Assistant
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Insurance Billing
- Medical Records Specialist
Confidence Outside the Classroom
Your comprehensive medical assisting training will make you feel confident entering the medical assisting field. Our training combines theoretical classroom knowledge with practical experience.
Skills You Will Learn:
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Billing and Coding and Health Records Management
- Medical Insurance claims utilizing CPT-4 & ICD-10 codebooks
- Medical Law & Ethics
- Instruction in clinical Procedures
- Medical Office Administration and Communications
- Lab Procedures including EKG, Phlebotomy, urinalysis & other diagnostic testing
- Medical Assisting procedures in minor surgeries, pediatrics, OB examinations, imaging and radiology
- And much more!
There are many opportunities for your externship in lab settings, medical offices and clinic settings.
Medical Assistant Certifications
This program prepares students to pursue all three of the following healthcare certification exams to further set you apart from the crowd and increase your potential employment opportunities:
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
- Certified Electrocardiogram Technician (CET)
Industry certifications are offered through the National Healthcareer Association. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification through the American Medical Technologist (AMT).
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Funding Your Education
Many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. At First Institute, Financial Aid is available to those that qualify. An experienced First Institute Financial Aid Advisor will help determine your eligibility, explore the best options for you and support you every step of the way through the application process.
Also, our programs qualify for a variety of military training assistance options. Check out our Military Education Benefits page to learn more.
Make a Difference
Medical assistants can work for nearly any health care provider, including private practices, clinics and hospitals – large and small. Doctors, nurses and patients all depend upon professional medical assistants.
Get the Support You Need to Launch a Successful Career
Medical Assisting training isn’t about getting a certificate to hang on the wall – it’s about training for a rewarding career you care about. First Institute is dedicated to supporting you throughout your career.
While First Institute cannot guarantee job placement, our Career Services Department maintains contact with prospective employers throughout Northern Illinois, and advises them of talented students’ abilities and availability. Career services can help you:
- Create a cover letter and resume
- Develop your interview skills
- Assist you through the job search process
Is a Rewarding Career in Medical Assisting Right for You? Get More Info…
If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Medical Assisting and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.
A helpful First Institute Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.
For immediate questions, call 815-459-3500.
* Program length when completed in normal time. 53 weeks excluding spring and winter breaks.