Medical Assistant

Your first steps to a successful health-care career begin at NWSC. NWSC offers quality, affordable education, close to home that will put you on a path to a dream career in some of today’s high demand job markets.

A great choice for professionals in transition

GET INFORMATION today about NWSC’s  Medical Assistant Program

720 clock hours, including Medical Clinics Externship

Courses designed to develop valuable knowledge and practical skills

Your healthcare career is only a click or call away.

The 24-week Medical Assistant program, offered at Northwest Suburban College, is your chance to enter an exciting industry with plenty of potential for growth. The 4 to 8 week long Medical Assistant externship begins as soon as classes conclude. 

During externships, our students earn significant  medical experience including su pervised training and work with actual patients. They learn first-hand from industry professionals and create valuable connections – many are considered for employment at the externship sites.

Medical Assistants work with physicians and, according to Nurse Journal, their top five duties include;

  1. Taking patient’s vital information
  2. Preparing laboratory samples,
  3. Assisting physicians and nurses in dressing wounds,
  4. Administering medication as prepared by and supervised by medical
  5. Professionals, and preparing schedules for medical staff. 

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent.          

Admissions are open every month. Call today!


Qualified Clinical Medical Assistants are in high demand. Apccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), projections indicate that employment for Medical Assistants will grow nearly 29% between 2016 to 2026,  a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations.  Clinics, hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians offices and other healthcare facilities, all rely on the valuable expertise and administrative services that only a well-trained Medical Assistant can provide.  

The growth of aging baby-boomers is expected to fuel the demand for preventative medical services provided by physicians. Medicare, too, pays for preventative services. According to the BLS, these factors will result in physicians hiring more assistants for routine administrative support and clinical care so as to attend to more patients themselves.



Certified Clinical Medical Assistant examination is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Additional certification is available from American Medical Technologist (AMT) and American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Completing this program will expand your professional horizon by potentially qualifying you for the certified Phlebotomy and EKG exams.

  • Meet with the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) Admissions Representative for information about the program.
  • Complete the NWSC Application for Admission and submit the application fee.
    • Applications are available in the NWSC Admissions Office or online.
  • Request your official high school or GED (General Education Development) transcript be sent directly from the school to:
    Northwest Suburban College
    SAHS Admissions Office
    5999 S. New Wilke Road, Building # 500
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    • At the time of enrollment, students may provide an unofficial copy of the high school or GED transcript. However, students must submit the official transcript to the College prior to completion of the first course/module or the deadline designated by the Admissions Representative. Failure to do so will result in Administrative Withdrawal from the program.
    • Please note that transcripts will be retained for one year from the date of receipt for applicants who do not subsequently enroll.
  • Set up payment arrangements with the NWSC Accounts Office.
  • Attend the SAHS Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representatives will provide details on the date and time of orientation.
  • Reapply for admission.
  • Meet with the Director of School of Allied Health Sciences.
  • Attend the NWSC Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • The SAHS Admissions Representative will provide details on the date and time of orientation.

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