Medical Assisting (DMA)

Study format: Face-to-face
Start date: May 2017
Duration: 40 weeks
Externship: 180 hr (optional)
Location: Chicago,
Blue Island

Midwestern Career College’s Medical Assisting Diploma program includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level positions in the medical field as multiskilled medical assistants and front or back office assistants in clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Key Features

  • Classroom based hands-on training in phlebotomy, EKG, and medical assisting
  • Eligibility for Phlebotomist, EKG, and Medical Assistant Certifications through NCCT
  • Eligibility for Patient Care certification through NCCT for those who have or will complete CNA
  • 180-hour clinical externship at our affiliated sites
  • Eligibility for phlebotomy and medical assisting certifications from American Medical Technologists (AMT) after meeting additional requirements.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate the knowledge to competently perform both entry-level medical assisting clinical and medical assisting administrative skills as a member of the health-care team.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and therapeutic communication in a healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical conduct.
  • Effectively participate as an integral part of a health care team.
  • Provide patient care in accordance with laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking skills.

Career Outlook

Medical assisting is a great career choice. Employment is booming with 23% growth projected over the next decade. You can complete this program in as little as eight months.

Learn more about the career outlook for medical assistants. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for medical assistants on Indeed, Career Builder and


This program offers a 180-hour optional externship at one of our affiliated sites. The externship is not required to earn the diploma. However, it may be required to be able to sit for certain credentialing and certification exams.


Graduates of this program who complete the externship are eligible to sit for exams that provide the following national certifications: