Medical Assistant

Begin a rewarding and meaningful career as a trained medical assistant providing expert support to physicians and other health care professionals.

Oakton's medical assistant certificate prepares you for a career in a medical office or ambulatory care setting. As a medical assistant, you will perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks, including taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by a physician. At Oakton, you will learn skills in accordance with the standards and guidelines recommended by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take a national certification exam.

Certificate

The Medical Assistant Certificate prepares students for careers in a medical office or ambulatory care setting. The medical assistant performs a variety of administrative and clinical skills to assist physicians or other health professionals. Students will learn skills in accordance with the standards and guidelines recommended by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take a national certification exam.

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Job Outlook

The employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 104,400 openings for medical assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $35,850 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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What You Need To Know

Applications are accepted until the program is at full capacity.

  1. New students should apply online. Current Oakton students should apply through their myOakton account.
  2. View your Admission Checklist online. Your New Student Portal includes Admission Checklist and next steps.
  3. Submit admission documents, including transcripts (high school, college, AP, military) and proof of residency.
  4. Complete the minimum requirements for admission.

Prior to applying, all applicants are encouraged to meet with Julie Rosenberg, the health career advisor at jmrosenb@oakton.edu.

Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English-translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives. Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.

  • High school graduation or High School Equivalency certificate.
    • Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English-translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives. Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of EGL 101 or demonstrate entry-level competency for EGL 090/097 by placement testing.
  • Limited Enrollment Health Career Reading Placement test, taken at Oakton’s Testing Center. Required minimum score of 250.
  • Placement in MAT 060 or higher.
  • Satisfactory interview with MLT (Phlebotomy) faculty. (Note: The phlebotomy certificate courses are a part of Medical Assistant Certificate).
Those admitted will be required to submit a current and complete physical examination record, clear criminal background check and drug screen. Additionally, each medical assistant student must be able to perform each of the following essential skills.

In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disabilities in admission policies of applicants to the Medical Assistant Program. Students admitted into the program must meet certain physical, communicative/cognitive and emotional/psychological criteria (listed below) with or without use of assistive devices or other approved techniques.

Physical Requirements

Motor

  • Transfer another person
  • Manual Dexterity (cutting, grasping, pinching, carrying, pulling and pushing, keyboard data entry)
  • Endure prolonged walking, standing, or sitting
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Provide physical /support to another person
  • Lift and position another person Visual
  • Acuity
  • Depth
  • Color Perception

Auditory

  • Auscultate body sounds
  • Distinguish body sounds

Sensation

  • Tactile
  • Temperature

Communication

  • Articulate ideas and communicate clearly (verbally and written)
  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills for effective interaction with others Comprehension
  • Interpret and simplify information
  • Proficiency in math and algebra skills

Retention

  • Ability to retain data Team Interaction
  • Consultation/negotiation skills
  • Communicative/Cognitive Requirements
Psychological/Emotional Requirements

Attitude/Behavior

  • Exhibit flexibility in response to changing priorities
  • Demonstrate ethical standards of the profession
  • Demonstrate a professional manner in interactions, appearance, and attitude Coping Abilities
  • Exhibit appropriate and mature responses to stressful situations

This is a limited enrollment program. All Oakton Community College Health Career students in nursing, physical therapist assistant, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, health information technology, and medical assistant programs must have “clear” criminal background checks and drug screens in order to participate in any and all clinical components of any health career program courses. To comply with state statutes and clinical affiliation agreements, and to provide a safe environment for students, employees, and patients cared for by students, those accepted into Oakton’s health career programs will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening through a company contracted by the College. Health Career students will be charged a fee for this service. An additional drug screening may be required prior to the student’s practicum experience.

Health Career curricula are governed by specific objectives, rules and regulations formulated by the College, accrediting bodies, and participating clinical facilities. Students should familiarize themselves with these standards. Each student’s right to participate in the clinical portion of the curriculum is also contingent upon compliance with the rules of the clinical facility. The clinical facility has sole discretion to determine when its rules have been violated. Clinical placements require a health assessment, certain immunizations, yearly flu vaccine, substance abuse testing, criminal background check, specific skill certification (i.e., CPR), and health insurance. The requirements represent an additional cost to the student.

Below is a suggested sequence of courses:

  • First Semester: MAP 120, MAP 180, HIT 104, MLT 105, MLT 107
  • Second Semester: MAP 185, MAP 230, HIT 105, MLT 204
  • Third Semester: MAP 260

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Meet our part-time faculty

Myrthe Potts
Lecturer
A.A. Health Administration, University of Phoenix
B.S. Health Administration, University of Phoenix
mpotts@oakton.edu
847.635.1684
Office: 100, Lee Center, Des Plaines

May Alimboyoguen
Assistant Dean for Health Careers
Oakton Community College

Margaret Gas
Chair, Nursing, MAP
Oakton Community College

Lynne Steel
Chair, MLT, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy
Oakton Community College

Hanna Wierzchowski
Chair, Health Information Technology
Oakton Community College

Myrthe Potts
Adjunct Faculty/Coordinator, Medical Assistant Program
Oakton Community College

Julie Rosenberg
Health Career Advisor Medical Assistant Program
Oakton Community College

Joan Coatar
Asst. VP, Medical Group Operations
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Denise Alessi, CMA, CPC, CMM
Office Administrator
Oak Mill Medical Associates

Jill Vana, BSN
Staff Development Specialist
Advoate Medical Group

Elizabeth Manjooran, MD
Precious Heart Pediatric

Michelle Meyer
Recruiter, Human Resources
Northwest Community Healthcare

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Julie Rosenberg
Health Career Advisor
847.635.1266
jmrosenb@oakton.edu

Margaret Gas
Nursing & Medical Assistant Program Chair
847.635.1833
mgas@oakton.edu