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Our comprehensive listings of medical assistant courses in Chicago are designed to help you find the perfect program to match your needs and goals. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or someone looking to make a career change, this resource provides all the essential information you need to make an informed decision.

Our detailed listings cover critical aspects such as program length, cost, location, and other important details that can influence your choice. Each course is carefully evaluated to ensure you receive the best training, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to excel as a medical assistant. Navigate through various options and find the program that best fits your schedule, budget, and career aspirations.

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Malcolm X College's Medical Assisting Program in Chicago, IL, led by Program Director Christine Dzoga, offers a comprehensive curriculum for aspiring medical assistants. The program prepares students with essential cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills, aligning with industry standards. It emphasizes community engagement, ensuring graduates meet the local healthcare needs, and offers flexibility with full-time or part-time schedules, both day and evening courses, across two locations.

Graduates earn certifications as Registered Medical Assistants (RMA) and Registered Phlebotomy Technicians (RPT) through the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and benefit from CAAHEP accreditation. Admission requires eligibility for English 101 and Math 118, official transcripts, and an interview with the Program Director. Coursework covers anatomy, medical terminology, law, clinical procedures, and administrative skills, preparing graduates for a versatile role in medical assistance, from managing appointments and records to clinical tasks and patient preparation.

Program Information Details
Cost Contact the program for current fees
Program Duration Contact the school for details
Class Schedules Full-Time and Part-Time; Day and Evening Courses
Prerequisites Eligible for English 101; Eligible for Math 118 or higher
Location 1900 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

The Chicago School of Phlebotomy offers a Clinical Medical Assisting program suitable for all experience levels. This 11-week beginner-level program focuses on essential medical assistant skills, with a particular emphasis on phlebotomy, a high-demand skill in healthcare. Students gain hands-on experience in patient care, covering topics like vitals, medical histories, phlebotomy, wound dressing, injections, EKG administration, and more.

To enroll, students should be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent. The program costs $2,300, with an optional $300 for a clinical externship. Flexible payment plans are available. While not mandatory, externships are open to graduates with a grade of B or higher, facilitating practical experience.

The program is accredited and prepares students for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Successful completion of this exam is required for graduation, ensuring graduates are certified and job-ready. Scheduled testing dates for the CCMA exam are available through the NHA website.

Program Information Details
Cost $2,300 (Clinical Medical Assisting); $300 (Optional Externship)
Program Duration 11 Weeks
Class Schedules Twice a week for lecture and hands-on labs
Prerequisites 18 Years of Age or Older; High School Diploma, GED, or International High School Diploma Equivalency
Location 932 N. Wright St., Suite 168, Naperville, IL 60563

Midwestern Career College (MCC) offers a comprehensive 40-week Medical Assisting program that prepares students for roles in healthcare settings. This program includes phlebotomy training, leading to a phlebotomy technician certification.

MCC provides flexibility with campus locations in Chicago Main and Evergreen Park, and the next start date is 04/29/2024 in the evening. The program includes hands-on training in phlebotomy, EKG, and medical assisting, making students eligible for certifications like RMA, NCMA, and CMA upon externship completion. An optional 120-hour externship can lead to phlebotomy certification from AMT.

Graduates can pursue careers as medical assistants, performing tasks like patient care, medication administration, lab specimen collection, and insurance handling. The program covers a wide range of knowledge and skills, including anatomy, clinical procedures, electronic health records, and billing. Graduates become eligible for exams such as NCMA, NCPT, and NCET through the NCCT.

Program Information Details
Cost Contact the program for current fees
Program Duration 40 weeks (2 Terms)
Class Schedules Hybrid; Evening classes (Next start date: 04/29/2024)
Prerequisites n/a
Location 203 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Medical Assistant School offers a 24-week Medical Assisting program designed to prepare students for medical careers. Notably, the school prioritizes affordability by providing flexible payment plans to reduce student debt.

The program includes an 80-hour externship for practical experience in real medical offices, enhancing students' readiness for entry-level roles. Instructors are experienced medical professionals, and flexible class schedules accommodate various commitments, with evening and weekend options available.

Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and can take the CCMA exam through the NHA, expanding their career opportunities nationwide. The school's commitment to affordability is evident through customizable payment plans, and they accept multiple payment methods.

Admission requirements include a minimum age of 17, proof of secondary education, valid identification, and vaccination records.

Program Information Details
Cost Affordable tuition with flexible payment plans
Program Duration 24 weeks, including an 80-hour externship
Class Schedules Flexible, including evenings and weekends
Prerequisites Minimum age 17, proof of education, ID, vaccines
Location 830 W Diversey Pkwy Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60614

The Accelerate U Medical Assistant Pathway at National Louis University offers a 7-month certificate program primarily delivered online. It includes monthly in-person "Skills Labs" and a 4-6 week externship. Graduates earn a nationally-recognized certification, 30 college credits, and receive primary consideration for Medical Assistant positions.

This comprehensive program covers clinical and administrative aspects, including a 160-hour onsite externship for real-world experience. Students can engage in about 20 hours of coursework per week and benefit from professional coaching.

With a cost of $7,000, the program is accessible to those with a high school diploma or equivalent, aged 17 or older, and valid ID and immunization records.

Program Information Details
Cost $7,000
Program Duration 7 months (24 weeks of training + 4-6 week externship)
Class Schedules Primarily online with monthly in-person "Skills Labs" and an in-person externship
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent, minimum age of 17, valid ID, and immunization records
Location 122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Lincoln Tech's Melrose Park campus in Illinois offers a comprehensive Medical Assistant program designed to prepare students for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. With over a century of experience, Lincoln Tech provides hands-on training with EKG machines, injection simulators, and more. The curriculum covers anatomy, clinical procedures, medical terminology, and ethics.

Upon program completion and RMA exam success, graduates can pursue careers as Medical Assistants, EKG Technicians, Phlebotomy Technicians, or Unit/Ward Clerks in hospitals. The program offers flexible day, afternoon, and evening schedules.

Lincoln Tech emphasizes professional development, including modules on Student Success, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, and Career Success. Graduates can find opportunities in various healthcare settings.

Program Information Details
Cost Contact the school for current tuition
Program Duration Approximately 37 weeks (including holidays and scheduled breaks)
Class Schedules Day, Afternoon, Evening Programs
Prerequisites Prerequisite required; Successful completion of all in-school coursework prior to internship
Location 8317 W. North Ave, Melrose Park, IL 60160

Esperanza Health Centers in Chicago offers a Free Medical Assistant Training Program in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA). The program aims to provide accessible opportunities for individuals interested in a medical assistant career, particularly within the local community.

This free program is structured for twenty students annually, divided into spring and fall cohorts of ten each. Esperanza covers tuition and fees for all students, provided they commit to working with Esperanza after completion. Applicants should meet specific criteria, including Illinois residency, being at least 18 years old by the program's end, having a high school diploma or equivalent, bilingual fluency in Spanish and English, and more.

The NIMAA program spans approximately 29 weeks (8 months) and includes the opportunity to sit for a medical assistant certification exam. Details and application information are available on NIMAA's application webpage.

Program Information Details
Cost Free
Program Duration Approximately 29 weeks (8 months)
Class Schedules Spring and Fall cohorts available
Prerequisites - Illinois residency

- 18 years old by program completion date

- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent

- Proficiency in verbal and written English

- Bilingual (Spanish/English

- Proof of required immunizations

- Regular access to a computer and internet (recommended

- Background check conducted by NIMAA (if an offer is made)

Location Esperanza Health Centers, 2724 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

Fox College in Tinley Park, Illinois, offers a 12-month Medical Assisting program designed for individuals seeking a rewarding healthcare career. This comprehensive program equips students with both clinical and administrative skills essential for success in the medical field.

Students receive hands-on training in clinical procedures such as injections, medical lab tests, and healthcare tasks. They also master administrative procedures like medical record management and patient scheduling. An 8-week externship provides real-world experience and industry connections. Graduates are eligible for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exams.

The curriculum covers anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, and medical office systems. With strong job demand, Fox College offers career services assistance. Tuition is $7,860 per semester, with financial aid options available. The program is full-time and on-site, located at 18020 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Contact them at 708-444-4500.

Program Information Details
Cost Tuition Per Semester: $7,860
Program Duration 12 months
Class Schedules Full-time, accelerated program
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent
Location 18020 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477

The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) offers a comprehensive and cost-free Bilingual Medical Assistant (BMA) program designed to prepare students for entry-level roles in Medical Assisting. Accredited by CAAHEP, this 40-week program covers a wide range of subjects, including medical Spanish, anatomy, ethics, and more. Graduates are eligible for the AAMA-CMA exam, enhancing their credentials.

The program provides OSHA and CPR certifications, crucial in healthcare. Students gain practical experience through a 160-hour externship. Various activities, including mock interviews and workshops, enhance their training. Applicants should be 18 years old, have an Illinois ID, a high school diploma or equivalent, proficiency in English and Spanish, proof of immunizations, and access to a computer and the internet. A background check may be required.

Program Information Details
Cost No (Program is free)
Program Duration 40 weeks
Class Schedules Contact the program for current schedule
Prerequisites - Illinois residency

- 18 years old by program completion date

- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent

- Proficiency in verbal and written English

- Bilingual (Spanish/English

- Proof of required immunizations

- Regular access to a computer and internet (recommended

- Background check conducted by NIMAA (if an offer is made)

Location 2011 West Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609

Northwest Suburban College in Rolling Meadows, IL, offers a 32-week Medical Assistant Certificate program, including 8 weeks of hands-on externship training. This program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career in healthcare. Medical Assistants play a crucial role in clinical and hospital settings, providing support to the healthcare team, including doctors and nurses.

During the program, students receive comprehensive training in healthcare procedures, clinical assisting, diagnostic techniques, medical records management, pharmacology, billing and coding, and patient education. Additionally, students benefit from 20 hours per week of supervised externship experience, where they gain valuable real-world medical experience and establish industry connections.

Class schedules are flexible, with both daytime and evening options available to accommodate different lifestyles. Admissions are open every month, and applicants can expect a prompt response to their applications.

Program Information Details
Cost: Contact the school for current tuition.
Program Duration: 32 weeks (including externship)
Class Schedules: Daytime and Evening
Prerequisites: Contact the school for current requirements
Location: 5999 S. New Wilke Rd. Bldg. #500, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008