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.
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.
During your medical assistant program, you will learn how to:
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
Graduates 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).
The Northwestern College Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science degree program 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). Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
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.
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.
During the 2011-2012 Academic Year, 31 students graduated from the Medical Assisting program. Of these students, eight graduated on-time as defined in the Northwestern College catalog. (Part-time students are not included in this number.) The median student loan indebtedness of the Medical Assisting program graduates in 2011-2012 was as follows: Federal Stafford Student Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized)- $32,309; Third-Party Private Education Loans - $2,750; Northwestern College GAP Loan - $2,904.
The tuition and fees for a student starting the program as of the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $42,220, based upon six academic quarters of full-time tuition at current tuition rates. (Potential future tuition increases cannot be determined at this time, and hence are not factored into this estimate.) Book and supply costs are estimated at $2,400. (The actual cost will vary depending on multiple factors). Northwestern College does not offer on-campus housing. For additional information on college costs, please visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance web page.
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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!