Get the Skills to Become a Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistants play an instrumental role in helping doctors and patients, making a clinic run smoothly. Get training at NWSC

8-Month* Medical Assisting Program in Rolling Meadows, IL

If you’re a helpful, nurturing person who’s good at multitasking, consider Medical Assisting career training. The 32-week Medical Assistant Certificate program (including 4 – 8 weeks of hands-on externship) is your chance to enter an exciting industry with plenty of potential for growth.

Medical Assistants are essential in a clinical or hospital setting. They assist the entire healthcare team, working closely with doctors and nurses. Medical Assistants do it all, helping with everything from patient care to administrative duties. Therefore, they must have a good understanding of healthcare exams and procedures, transcribing medical records, and billing and coding (for insurance purposes). All this to help make a clinic or hospital run effectively.

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The best way to see if Northwest Suburban College (NWSC) is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Medical Assistant Certificate program, class schedules, and institutional grant options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get More Info or Book a Tour.

Become Qualified in Medical Assisting

During the Medical Assistant Certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • Healthcare Procedures
  • Clinical Assisting and Examination Techniques
  • Diagnostic and Specialty Procedures
  • Medical Records and Pharmacology
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Processing
  • Medical Records and Patient Education

And you’ll get the utilize the knowledge and skills that you acquired in the classroom and in the lab during your externship training.

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Get Real-World Experience

The 4- to 8-week long Medical Assistant externship begins as soon as classes conclude. The externship can be 20 to 40 hours per week and should be completed within 8 weeks after you finish the classroom portion of the program.

During externships, our students gain significant medical experience including supervised training and working with actual patients. You’ll learn firsthand from industry professionals and create valuable connections – some students are even considered for employment at the externship site.

Convenient Schedule

The Medical Assistant program consists of 560 hours of classroom time, and 160 hours of a clinical Medical Assistant externship.

  • Daytime class hours are offered from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Admissions are open every month. You’ll be informed of your school acceptance within 3 days of your application. To apply, click here.

Certification – Your Pathway to Employment

Certification is important! It is your pathway to employment, acting as a bridge as you transition from a student into an employable professional.

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant examination is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Additional certification is available from the American Medical Technologist (AMT) and the 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 as well.

Last day of externship!!! I was hired while still completing my clinical hours. The Medical Assistant program at Northwest Suburban College was a great experience. My instructor was very helpful and the hands-on training she provided was great preparation for my externship. I was able to apply my classroom and lab learning to my work at my externship. I look forward to working for my employer and I would like to thank NWSC for making all of this possible.
Mikeia R.

Plenty of Career Prospects

Qualified Medical Assistants are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 aging of 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 to be able to attend to more patients.

Medical Assisting Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

At the completion of the Medical Assisting Certificate program students should be able to:

  • Complete duties as a multifunctional member of a healthcare team (Medical Assistant) by providing valuable service and support
  • Develop administrative and clinical competencies required for a rapidly changing environment in a variety of healthcare settings, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, laboratories, free-standing clinics, and hospitals
  • Join the workforce as a trained multiscale professional who can fulfill many roles in a modern-day healthcare environment and use the training as an entry to opportunities for advancement in healthcare, professional growth, and personal satisfaction
  • Gain administrative competencies, clinical skills, and hands-on externship training per the standards and guidelines recommended by the American Association of Medical Assistants

Is a Rewarding Career in Medical Assisting Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Medical Assisting and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 847-290-6425

*Program length when completed in normal time.