Medical Assisting Diploma | Midwestern Career College

Medical Assisting Program-Diploma

Study format: Face-to-face
Start date: 6/19, 9/18, 9/17
Duration: 40 weeks
Externship: Phlebotomy: 120 hrs (Optional)
MA: 160 hrs (Optional)
Location: Chicago,
Blue Island,

About Our Program

Midwestern Career College’s Medical Assisting Program-Diploma 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.

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
  • 160-hour optional clinical externship at our affiliated sites
  • Eligibility for phlebotomy and medical assisting certifications from American Medical Technologists (AMT) for those who complete 120-hour optional clinical externship at our affiliated sites.

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

Career Outlook

Medical assisting is a great career choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.), 23% growth is projected over the next decade. You can complete this program in as little as 40 weeks.

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


This program offers a 160-hour optional medical assisting externship and a 120-hour optional phlebotomy externship at our affiliated sites. The externship is not required to earn the diploma. However, it may be required 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: