Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Midwestern Career College’s Medical Assisting training program prepares 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.

If you’re interested in a healthcare career that combines a balance of clinical and administrative duties while preparing you for greater rewards later on in your career, this is a great program for you.

Campus:Study format:Start date:
Chicago LaSalle Branch CampusOnline (on-site to resume when possible)5/17/2021
Blue Island Campus ExtensionOnline (on-site to resume when possible)5/17/2021
Naperville Campus ExtensionOnline (on-site to resume when possible)5/17/2021
Program Length: 40 weeks

Key Features

  • Classroom-based, hands-on training in phlebotomy, EKG and medical assisting
  • Eligibility for Phlebotomist, EKG, and Medical Assistant certifications through NCCT, including Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)*, National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)*, and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)* (*with externship) — see more certifications below.
  • 160-hour optional clinical externship at our affiliated sites
  • Eligibility for phlebotomy certification from American Medical Technologists (AMT) for those who complete 120-hour optional externship at our affiliated sites.

About Medical Assistants

A medical assistant’s role is a balance of administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants are often the first point of contact the public has when seeking medical care. On the administrative side, you’ll need to have knowledge of the ICD-11 codes for insurance, an understanding of software applications for medical use and patient charts, and know the medical accounting and billing basics.

On the clinical side, you’ll record patient medical history and answer patient questions that help them understand any procedure they may be present to undergo. You’ll prepare and administer medications, collect lab specimens, and even take EKG tests, among other essential tasks.

Program Objectives

  • Provide knowledge and comprehensive training in Anatomy and Physiology of the body structures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pathological conditions and skills in performing routine clinical procedures
  • Perform entry-level medical assisting with both clinical and administrative duties
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Electronic Health Records and Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding
  • Develop working knowledge in CLIA-waived laboratory procedures such as infection control, sterilization processes, phlebotomy, pharmacology
  • Prepare patients and help physicians in diagnostic procedures and minor surgical procedures performed in clinics
  • Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication in a healthcare setting
  • Provide patient care in accordance with laws, policies and regulations
  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking skills


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

Medical Assisting Certifications

Phlebotomy Certifications

EKG Certification

What Does A Medical Assistant Do?


This program offers a 160-hour optional medical assisting training and externship and a 120-hour optional phlebotomy externship at our affiliated sites. The externship is not required to earn the certificate. However, it may be required to sit for certain credentialing and certification exams.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.),  medical assistant employment is expected to grow by 19% from 2019–2029. The B.L.S. also has information on career outlook for medical assistants. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for medical assistants on Indeed, Career Builder, and

Admissions Contact Info


203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1400
Chicago, IL 60601

312-236-9000 ext. 1



Mon – Thu 9:00A.M. – 6:00P.M.

Fri 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.



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