The Medical Assistant (MA) certificate program prepares students to deliver exceptional patient care in ambulatory settings. With the ability to meet both administrative and clinical needs, the MA holds unique position in medical facilities. The MA is skilled in office systems work such as medical billing/coding, scheduling, electronic medical records and office management. The MA also has skills in patient assessment and is able to perform vital signs, pulsoximetry, phlebotomy, EKG, process lab specimens, assist with minor procedures and administer medications.
After the first cohort graduates, the program intends to seek accreditation. Graduates of the first cohort will sit for American Medical Technologist (AMT) certification upon program completion. Graduates must apply for licensure to become Certified Medical Assistants. Graduates may take the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) in Medical Assistants or American Medical Technologists (AMT).
This program is part of the Health Science Career Cluster.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), growth in the employment of medical assistants is expected to increase by 13.4% statewide through the year 2026. Locally, employers support the program which focuses more on the clinical skills of medical assisting. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states $33,610 as the 2018 median salary for medical assistants.
The new medical assistant program will help fulfill one of the most critical employment demands in our region.
The first graduating cohort will have local and regional employment opportunities and will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant or Registered Medical Assistant certification exam immediately following accreditation.
Residency and Admission to the Medical Assistant Program
The Medical Assistant program starts in the spring semester of each year, with classes held during the following summer and fall semesters. If students wish, they may complete OS 216 and TPM 112 prior to acceptance. A certificate from Kishwaukee College will be awarded at completion of all required classes in December of the same year of admission. The Medical Assistant program accepts a maximum of 10 students for entry.
Residency criteria: Chapter 122, Section 103-17 of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that, whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Kishwaukee College Nursing and Allied Health Professions programs for students who live outside of Kishwaukee College district #528 vary per program based on space availability and qualified applicant pools.
A variable tuition rate per credit hour in addition to the standard tuition rate is applied to all Medical Assistant courses. Anticipated course tuition and fees will be $9,462-$9,773.
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