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 Carle 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 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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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.
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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 health science application.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 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 2020 program graduates had a 91% chance of passing the national certification exam.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is responsible for establishing criteria for the medical assistant program and conducts accrediting activities designed to ensure that educational programs meet minimum entry level criteria. CAAHEP grants accreditation of medical assisting programs upon the recommendations of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. Graduates from this CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street N., #7709 Seminole, FL 33775-7709; (727) 210-2350; www.caahep.org
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.