Become essential to patient-facing health care
Take a speedy, affordable path to an in-demand career in the medical field with the Medical Assisting program at CLC. In one year or less, you can get a job helping patients navigate today’s complex health care systems. Build rapport and trust with patients and families. Perform administrative and clinical duties in fast-paced doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals, outpatient care centers and more.
Why study Medical Assisting with us?
During your clinical externship, you will gain real-world experience at partner healthcare institutions in the community.
The Medical Assisting program at the College of Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination, where, upon passing the examination, the individual earns the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.
The goal of the Medical Assisting Program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The Medical Assisting program is proud to highlight an exam passage rate of 82% for graduation year 2020.
PATH Grant StipendsGet extra financial support for school and living expenses through the Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce Program (PATH) grant.
Stackable CredentialsEarn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
WIOA ProgramEligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)-awarded vouchers.
Financial Aid/Scholarships AvailableBased on need and/or achievement.
Career CertificateEarn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
Career DegreeEarn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
Career Degrees & Certificates
For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.
*Assumes full-time enrollment.
For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.
Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.
A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.
Medical AssistingAssociate in Applied Science
- Stackable Certificate
- Stackable Certificate
Benefit from the PATH program
The Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce Program (PATH) provides you with financial support to help pay for educational and living expenses.
Enroll in a qualifying program (like Medical Assisting!) and receive helpful resources:
- educational expense stipend for tuition, fees, books, uniforms and other needs
- living expense stipend for childcare, technology and other essentials
- program-specific tutoring
- free loaner laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, calculators and more
Save time and money with stackable credentials
Certificates and the A.A.S. degree in this program are stackable. You could complete the Certificate in Medical Reception/Receptionist (21ME) before enrolling in the program or during your first semester as a medical assisting student.
If you want to earn a CMA certification, complete the Certificate in Medical Assisting (21MA). The certificate takes around one year to complete if you attend full-time. Next, to complete the A.A.S degree, you complete the remaining credits for the A.A.S. in Medical Assisting (21MD). The A.A.S takes about one more year to complete if you attend full-time.
Courses in the program
We offer a wide range of courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Assisting, Insurance Coding, Medical Lab Technology—and so much more!
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