Medical Assistant Diploma Program
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant is a highly important and varied position within the healthcare field. Broadly speaking, a Medical Assistant is responsible for working alongside physicians and nurses to provide support in administrative and clinical duties. In smaller practices, Medical Assistants will typically be involved in both administrative and clinical work. While in larger practices, Medical Assistants will often be devoted to one area or another and be highly specialized in their individual duties. Whatever role a Medial Assistant plays, it is vital to the overall organization and central to timely and appropriate care of patients.
What Career Options are Available as a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants may be involved with several duties in a healthcare facility including preparing patients for examinations, taking patient vitals, interviewing patients and any number of administrative tasks such as arranging lab services, answering telephones or updating patient records. Such needs are widespread in the medical profession and Medical Assistants can be found working in such environments as:
- Medical & Diagnostic Laboratories
- Nursing Care Facilities
- Optometrist Offices
- Insurance Companies
- Outpatient Care Centers
- State & Local Government Agencies
- Private Practices
- And many more locations!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistants in the United States are expected to increase by 23% between 2018 and 2028.1
How do I Start a Career as a Medical Assistant?
For the most part, Medical Assistants receive formal training prior to entering the field from recognized medical assisting programs. At Rockford Career College, 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. 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. Our instructors have worked in the medical field for years. Their teachings incorporate real-life examples, making it easier to apply your new knowledge in the clinical setting. We also jump-start your learning by giving you hands-on experience starting in the first ten weeks. You'll experience what your daily work will entail early on in the program.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
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 are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 10 months
47% of the program can be taken online (learn more)
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
1onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00, retrieved 4/14/2020
Program Length - 10 months
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.
Demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 14% though 2024.1 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.
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16