Medical Assistant Diploma Program

Medical Assistant Diploma Program

What is a Medical Assistant?

Few healthcare functions would be possible without Medical Assistants. This varied and fundamentally important career, is critical in providing services such as:
  • Working alongside physicians and nurses to provide administrative support.
  • Measuring and recording vital signs.
  • Ensuring stellar patient experiences through appointment scheduling, cleansing rooms and processing customer data.
  • In some cases, obtaining patient samples.
  • Helping patients improve healthcare outcomes and improve lives.

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What Career Options Are Available as a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistants provide widespread care and support for medical institutions. In this exciting and growing field, you will find Medical Assistants working in environments such as:
  • Medical & Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Optometrist Offices
  • Universities
  • Insurance Companies
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • State & Local Government Agencies
  • Private Practices
  • Hospitals
  • And many more locations!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for Medical Assistants is expected to increase by 19% between 2019 and 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Medical Assistant Program

Due to the complexities of healthcare and the importance of patient care, a diploma program is a great way to gain fundamental industry knowledge to launch a healthcare career. Our degree program can be completed in just 10 months and has been carefully designed to provide:
  • Instruction in both clerical and clinical best practices and skills.
  • Development of medical communication and critical thinking..
  • Includes a 160-hour externship designed to gain hands-on experience.
  • Real-life examples of common challenges in the healthcare world.

Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for your medical assistant certification. Recognized by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), this certification could open additional doors to employment.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months

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After you complete the Medical Assistant Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree

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Rockford Career College is pleased to announce a second level of accreditation for our Medical Assistant Program from Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools(ABHES).  Rockford Career College is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Rockford Career College is formally recognized by American Medical Technologists (AMT), a national certification agency for allied health professionals. Students completing the Medical Assistant diploma program are eligible to sit for the appropriate AMT examination.



The Medical Assisting program instructs students in both clerical and clinical skills. Classes include instruction on taking vital signs, drawing blood, maintaining patient records, billing and other skills related to patient care. The program also includes courses to help you develop communication and critical thinking skills. The program requires a 160-hour externship designed to help you gain hands-on experience, following the completion of all required course work.

Medical assistants work under the supervision of a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider. They are typically responsible for tasks like taking vital signs, administering medication, drawing blood, scheduling, billing, assisting with minor surgical procedures and performing laboratory tests. During a patient’s visit, they are often the first and last contact a patient has with the staff.

Medical assistants could work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and nursing homes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistants in the United States are expected to increase by 23% between 2018 and 2028.1 With an aging population which continues to increase, the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry will also rise. Rockford Career College can prepare you to join this exciting and in-demand field., retrieved 4/14/2020

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