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Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant program is offered as a certificate or two-year associate in applied science degree program that prepares students to work in a medical office and perform both administrative and clinical procedures. The program is offered in both full- and part-time class schedules. Both the medical assistant certificate and degree programs include hands-on clinical experience. 

Medical Assistant administrative duties include scheduling appointments, patient registration and health insurance duties. Clinical duties include recording vital signs and preparing patients for examination. Medical assistants may also collect blood specimens, perform laboratory tests, sterilize equipment, instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare, and administer medications, authorize drug refills and perform EKGs. 

Prospective students must follow specific registration criteria before being admitted into the program and follow the registration checklist located in the Medical Assistant registration packet.

First Steps to Register - Review the Program's Fast Facts

Determine Your Path

Medical assistants are one of the ten fastest-growing careers in health care. Medical assistants work alongside physicians and other providers mainly in out-patient or ambulatory facilities such as medical offices. 

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Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant, Associate in Applied Science degree teaches students billing and coding, how to maintain medical records, schedule appointments, record vital signs, collect blood specimens, perform basic laboratory tests and prepare and administer medications. The degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements and electives.

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant certificate requires a minimum of 39 credits in program requirements.

The College of DuPage Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354
Email: mail@caahep.org

Based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the percentage for the CMA (AAMA) exam pass rate from the 2019 graduate year was 84%.

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Medical Assistant program is to read the Medical Assistant Registration packet. The packet contains a registration checklist that you will need to follow in order to be eligible for admission.

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Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

In accordance with program goals outlined by the American Association of Medical Assistants, College of DuPage Medical Assistant Program goals are: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matters required for competence in the profession and demonstrate competence in the following academic subjects:

Foundations for Clinical Practice

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Infection Control
  • Nutrition

Applied Communications

  • Concepts of Effective Communication

Medical Business Practices

  • Administrative Functions
  • Basic Practice Finances
  • Third Party Reimbursement
  • Procedural and Diagnostic Coding

Medical Law and Ethics

  • Legal Implications
  • Ethical Considerations

Safety and Emergency Practices

  • Protective Practices

College of DuPage has transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities and through the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). For more information on transferring, visit cod.edu/transfer

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the Medical Assistant program.

Medical assistant jobs vary from office to office, but in general, these health care workers will greet patients, update and file patient and medical records, fill out insurance forms, schedule appointments and handle billing and accounting procedures. In addition, a medical assistant takes patient medical histories and vital signs, prepares patients for examination, collects blood specimens by both capillary or veripuncture technique, gives injections, removes sutures, performs basic laboratory tests, sterilizes equipment, authorizes and phones in drug refills, perform EKGs and explains treatment procedures to patients.

In 2018, 95% of medical assistants surveyed work in physicians' practices and the other 5% in hospitals, in nursing homes, outpatient facilities, public health departments, and offices of other health practitioners, such as dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists.

Earnings vary depending on location, experience and skill level. However, the average entry-level medical assistant will earn approximately $19.02 per hour according to the AAMA 2021 salary survey.