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Medical Assisting Degree Program

Graduates of our Medical Assistant training program in Chicago, Illinois (or Bridgeview campus) are eligible to sit for the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.

Medical Assisting Training Program Overview

Are you interested in health care and do you enjoy helping others? Working with patients, performing medical procedures, and managing a doctor's office are all part of a career as a medical assistant. The School of Health Sciences at Northwestern College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting where your compassion for others and interest in health care is an advantage.

What You Will Learn in Your Medical Assistant Classes

During your medical assistant program, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare patients for examination, obtain vital signs, and take medical histories
  • Assist with examinations, treatments, and office surgeries
  • Perform routine office laboratory procedures and electrocardiograms
  • Instruct patients in preparing for x-ray and laboratory examinations
  • Assume office responsibilities and apply computer knowledge

Medical Assisting Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Meet the entry-level administrators competencies as identified by CAAHEP
  • Meet the entry-level clinical competencies as identified by CAAHEP
  • Be prepared to successfully obtain industry accepted medical assisting credentials
  • Display professional and ethical standards of practice in a variety of health care situations

Medical Assisting Career Opportunities (CIP Code 51.0801)

Medical AssistingGraduates of this program can expect to find employment in a variety of health care settings. Medical assistants are in demand at medical offices, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, outpatient laboratories, free-standing surgical centers, and occupational medicine clinics.

The Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).

31-9092 - Medical Assistants


The Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350.

Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.

Degree Requirements and Course Offerings

See the Northwestern College Catalog.

Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

Program Disclosure

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NC’s Medical Assistant courses are designed to prepare students for a rewarding health care career. Contact us today to request more information about our program and take the next step in your educational future!