Join the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant. Work with doctors and nurses to take patients’ vitals, administer treatments, work in a lab, and assist the provider in a variety of clinical and patient procedures.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Students complete an eight-week, 180-hour training at OSF and UnityPoint Health in Peoria and surrounding communities.
The Medical Assistant graduate can become a Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA) by taking the CMA Exam.
if Full Time
26 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2005 (Physical Therapist Assistant) Physical Therapist Assistant, OSF Healthcare Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. I wanted to have a career in the medical field to help people. ICC gave me the foundation of my career. It promotes professionalism and self-growth. I am very thankful for the PTA program at…
Tragic Loss Inspires Natalie to Help Others in Radiographer Program
Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by cancer. One in three people in the United States battle some form of the horrible disease. For Natalie, it was her father’s friend’s courageous battle against the illness that inspired her to join the Radiographer Program at ICC. Growing up, Natalie looked at her father’s lifelong friend, Eric, as…
ICC Class of 2010 (Physical Therapist Assistant) Site Manager of the Morton PTS Clinic and Program Director of the PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopedics: Evidence in Motion Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. Following graduation, I found a local physical therapy company that shared my professional values. I provided outpatient physical therapy services…
A Career Path Change Leads to Changing Lives
During February’s National CTE (Career and Technical Education) Month, Illinois Central College honored students for their achievements in CTE programs. The ICC Surgical Technologist program is a CTE program, in particular, that allows students to pursue their dream to change lives. And for Audra, it did just that. Audra actually began her college journey at a different community college and…
I am privileged to have witnessed student transformations. Most students start out timid and shy. But by the end of the program, they have become confident, competent, healthcare professionals.Cydney Bretsch, Director and Instructor
How Do I Get Into the Medical Assistant Program?
Do you want to work in a rewarding career where opportunities are growing and qualified candidates are highly recruited? Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Submit supplemental application.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Need help? Student success advisors are happy to assist.
- Prerequisites include a High School diploma with a GPA 2.6 or higher.
What Can I Expect as a Medical Assistant Student?
- Training in actual healthcare environments.
- Many Medical Assistant program graduates return to ICC to complete one of the nursing programs.
- A training program where recent program graduates had a 93% chance of passing the national certification exam.
The results of the 2021 Annual Report Form (ARF) submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) from the Illinois Central College (ICC) Medical Assistant Program is as follows:
- The ICC Medical Assistant program had a retention rate of 91.67% for the 2019 admission cohort.
- The ICC Medical Assistant program had a 100% Graduate Survey Satisfaction rate for the 2020 graduate year.
- The ICC Medical Assistant program had a 100% Employer Survey Satisfaction rate for the 2020 graduate year.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.