Medical Assistant Diploma Program

Medical Assistant Diploma Program

Diploma Medical Assistant

Do you love taking care of people? Are you a natural care giver? Our college has a Medical Assistant program that has been designed for you with input from local medical professionals.

Top ten reasons to become a Medical Assistant:

  1. Many open job opportunities.
    Medical assistants are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists medical assistant as one of the fastest-growing occupations at a job increase of twenty-nine percent over the next decade.1
  2. Location choice.
    Whether you wish to remain in your hometown or move, you can find hospitals and doctor's offices all around the country seeking to hire. From bustling emergency rooms to your local optometrist, there are job sites to suit your needs.
  3. The chance to meet new people every day!
    By simply being compassionate and taking the time to answer questions, you can help relieve your patients' anxieties and help them have the best doctor's visit possible.
  4. Many career paths.
    You may think of medical assistants as working only at medical clinics, but they also commonly work for nursing homes, insurance companies, outpatient centers, universities or even their own independently run businesses.
  5. Learn by doing.
    We 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.
  6. Affordability.
    Our program is affordable and our financial aid department will help you navigate through all the applications.
  7. Experienced instructors.
    Our instructors have worked in the field of medicine for years. Their teachings incorporate real life examples, making it easier to apply your new knowledge in the clinic setting.
  8. Externship.
    During your studies, you'll gain real-world experience by participating in a 160-hour hands-on externship. Apply your knowledge first-hand at a work site with our well-established network of employers.
  9. Flexible scheduling options.
    Study by day or night. Once you graduate and start working as a medical assistant, you need not stop there. Stay right here at your Rockford Career College home and join online classes to get your Associate Degree, allowing you to use your Medical Assistant diploma while furthering your education.
  10. Become prepared for certification.
    Once your externship requirements are met and you finish your program, you have the immediate ability to sit for your medical assistant certification. This certification is recognized by American Medical Technologists (AMT) and will open doors to exciting employment.


Rockford Career College is pleased to announce a second level of accreditation for our Medical Assistant Program from Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools(ABHES).  Rockford Career College is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Rockford Career College is formally recognized by American Medical Technologists (AMT), a national certification agency for allied health professionals. Students completing the Medical Assistant diploma program are eligible to sit for the appropriate AMT examination.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor.  (2017, October 24).  Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Medical Assistants.  Retrieved from

Program Length - 10 months


On-campus program

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

Rockford, Illinois