Medical Assistant Diploma Program
Medical assistants work at medical clinics, optometrist offices, nursing homes, insurance companies, outpatient centers, universities, and even their own independently-run businesses.
Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for your medical assistant certification. Recognized by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), this certification could open additional doors to employment.
Our instructors have worked in the medical field for years. Their teachings incorporate real-life examples, making it easier to apply your new knowledge in the clinical setting. We also jump-start your learning by giving you hands-on experience starting in the first ten weeks. You'll experience what your daily work will entail early on in the program.
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
Medical assistants in Illinois enjoy one of the fastest-growing occupations at a job increase of thirteen percent over the next decade. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.1
1 onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00, retrieved 5/29/2019
Program Length - 10 months
The Medical Assisting program instructs students in both clerical and clinical skills. Classes include instruction on taking vital signs, drawing blood, maintaining patient records, billing and other skills related to patient care. The program also includes courses to help you develop communication and critical thinking skills. The program requires a 160-hour externship designed to help you gain hands-on experience, following the completion of all required course work.
Medical assistants work under the supervision of a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider. They are typically responsible for tasks like taking vital signs, administering medication, drawing blood, scheduling, billing, assisting with minor surgical procedures and performing laboratory tests. During a patient’s visit, they are often the first and last contact a patient has with the staff.
Medical assistants could work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and nursing homes.
Demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 14% though 2024.1 With an aging population which continues to increase, the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry will also rise. Rockford Career College can prepare you to join this exciting and in-demand field.
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16