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53 Week* Medical Assisting Program in Crystal Lake, Illinois

If you like helping others and you’re interested in getting into a rewarding healthcare career (without spending years in school) training as a Medical Assistant could be a great opportunity.

Become a Qualified Medical Assistant

The Medical Assisting Program at First Institute in Crystal Lake, Illinois, provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding healthcare career.

Students gain both the administrative and clinical skills to move smoothly into a medical assisting position. Our instructors are experienced medical professionals who know just what employers are looking for.

You’ll learn:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Medical Billing and Coding and Health Records Management
  • Medical Insurance claims utilizing CPT-4 & ICD-9 codebooks
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Preparing and instructing for clinical Procedures
  • Medical Office Administration and Communications
  • Lab Procedures including EKG, Phlebotomy, urinalysis & other diagnostic testing
  • Medical Assisting procedures in minor surgeries, pediatrics, OB examinations, imaging and radiology
  • And much more!

You’ll feel confident entering the medical assisting field after gaining both theoretical classroom knowledge, and practical experience in a lab setting.

*53 week program length when completed in normal time.

Medical Assisting Certifications

This program prepares students to pursue all three of the following healthcare certification exams to further set you apart from the crowd and increase your potential employment opportunities:

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Electrocardiogram Technician (CET)

Industry certifications are offered through the National Healthcareer Association. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification thru the American Medical Technologist (AMT).


Military Benefits
Our programs qualify for a variety of military training assistance options, including GI Bill, MyCAA, REAP, DEA.  Contact us to learn more.

Hands-On Training 
You'll feel confident pursuing a career in healthcare having practised the skills Medical Assistants use every day.

Career Support
Our Career Services Department are here to help with resume preparation, interview techniques and job search.

Is Healthcare Career Training Right for You?

Take the First Institute “Career Training Readiness Quiz”

The fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

Great school! I got a job a month after graduating. They helped me with my resume and emailed me job openings. I have 1 year+ at my job as medical assistant and I love it!

Ely Gonçalves, First Institute Graduate
Medical Assisting students getting hands-on-training while working with experienced staff.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may pursue entry-level medical positions, including Clinical Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Insurance Billing, and more!

Medical Assisting students getting real world experience while working with experienced staff.


As a student of the Medical Assisting program you'll complete a professional 160 clock hour externship in a real clinical setting. You'll feel confident transitioning from student to working professional.


Funding Your Education

Many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. All of our healthcare programs qualify for federal loans and grants.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.


If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Medical Assisting and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

A helpful First Institute Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For immediate questions, give us a call at 815-261-1226.



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