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10 Best Medical Assistant Programs in Illinois for 2019

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1) Robert Morris University Illinois Ranking Score: 93.00

Locations: Chicago

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: A.A.S. Degree

Robert Morris University Illinois provides you an excellent opportunity to establish your career in the healthcare field by completing the medical assistant program offered at its campus in Chicago. This career-centered program includes extensive coursework in general education, clinical procedures and clerical processes. As part of the curriculum, you will also go through a clinical externship where you can gain real-world like experience by working along with physicians, doctors and other healthcare professionals. Upon graduation, you can straight away look for entry-level positions and kick-start your career.



2) College of DuPage Ranking Score: 91.60

Locations: Glen Ellyn

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

With excellent classroom studies and hands-on lab training, College of DuPage (COD) prepares you for a rewarding career as a medical assistant through its short term certificate program or 2-year associate degree, offered at its campus in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The certificate requires minimum completion of 43 credits of coursework, however completion of 44-51-credit coursework is recommended, whereas the associate has core course requirement of 52-59 credits, however 64-71-credit of coursework needs to be completed in two years in order to obtain this degree.



3) College of Lake County Ranking Score: 90.50

Locations: Waukegan

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Degree

College of Lake County offers a 36-credit certificate and 60-credit associate degree in med assisting. These are cohort-based programs that start in fall for daytime students, and spring for evening classes, however the MA externship which is a part of the curriculum is available only during daytime. Both programs prepare you for a career in medical assisting where you liaison between patients and healthcare professionals and help maintain medical clinics run smoothly. Upon graduation, you can also take the CMA exam and take your medical career to the next level.



4) Southwestern Illinois College Ranking Score: 89.40

Locations: Belleville

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Degree

The med assistant certificate and degree course offered at Southwestern Illinois College is open for enrollment every fall and spring. The certificate is a daytime course with only 28 students accepted for the fall semester and 15 students for the spring semester at the Belleville campus. If you are a full-time student, you need to attend classes 4-5 days each week till completion of the program, typically 12 months. For part-time students, classes can be scheduled but you would still need to complete the course within three years or earlier.



5) Midwest Technical Institute Ranking Score: 88.30

Locations: East Peoria, Moline, & Springfield

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma

At Midwest Technical Institute, the 26.5-credit MA education can be completed in as little as 9 months (35 weeks). This program is available with flexible day and evening classes and requires completion of 765-clock hour coursework which also includes 225-hour clinical practicum. Curriculum is classified into six modules and the first module is on introduction to MA & the last module is the externship. You can take all other modules in any order. Upon graduation, you will be fully prepared to apply for entry-level positions in healthcare settings.



6) Fox College Ranking Score: 86.30

Locations: Bedford Park

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

Fox College offers two extensive medical assisting programs, at its campus in Bedford Park. The MA diploma is a day program which can be completed in 10 months and lets you start your career, thereafter you can continue your studies and complete your associate degree through the evening classes. Curriculum of diploma training is of two and a half semesters and associate degree training is a 4-semester coursework. Both programs include an 8-week clinical externship where you can practice your learning in a real-world setting.



7) Lewis and Clark Community College Ranking Score: 85.40

Locations: Godfrey

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

You can prepare yourself for a career as a med assistant by opting for a short-term certificate of proficiency and/or a long term A.A.S. degree course at Lewis and Clark Community College. Curriculum of certificate course includes core MA coursework (clinical and clerical procedures, medical terminology and an externship) and can be completed in 18 months. Whereas in the degree course, you will study the entire certificate coursework and additional studies in general education. Upon graduation, you can sit for the national certification and brighten your employment chances.



8) Moraine Valley Community College Ranking Score: 83.20

Locations: Palos Hills

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate

Moraine Valley Community College offers 18-month medical assisting training in IL, at its campus in Palos Hills. The training is a mix of interactive classroom lectures, laboratory practices and hands-on 160-hour unpaid clinical externship. After completion of this course, you will be capable to proficiently assist physicians, liaison between patients, and smoothly perform clinical and clerical functions in a medical clinic or outpatient facility. Upon graduation, you can also sit for the national certification exam and enhance your employment prospects.



9) Rend Lake College Ranking Score: 80.50

Locations: Ina

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

You can become a competent med assistant by opting for any of the two courses offered at Rend Lake College.

Certificate: This is a 36-credit hour course classified into a first semester of 19 credits and second semester of 17 credits. Apart from the core MA coursework, you will also undergo a 200-hour unpaid clinical practicum.

Associate: This is a 66-credit hour program, classified into a first semester of 15 credits, second of 19, third of 17, and the fourth or last semester of 16 credits. Curriculum includes entire coursework of certificate, additional courses on general education, and a 200-hour practicum.



10) Coyne College Ranking Score: 77.50

Locations: Chicago

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Diploma

At Coyne College you can complete MA education in just 54 weeks, classified into a 48-week core coursework and a 160-hour externship which takes around 6 weeks. You need to attend daytime classes for 20 hours each week or 5 hours each day from Monday to Thursday. This 65.5-quarter credit hour curriculum consists of med terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical insurance & billing, lab procedures and other related courses required to assist physicians and maintain medical offices.

*Note: Credits earned in this program might not be transferrable to any other institution.