The mission of the medical assistant program at Moraine Valley Community College is to provide an environment that provides the academic, social, and ethical setting that will enable each student to achieve entry into a medical assistant career.

The program's goals are to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Program graduates will demonstrate competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains for each of the content areas outlined in the Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants as defined by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

What Can I Do With A Medical Assistant Certificate?

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission and Requirements

The Medical Assistant program is an open admission program that has limited enrollment. Admission to this program is only available to individuals 18 years or older who are high school graduates or high school equivalency recipients. Please complete a Moraine Valley application. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact Academic Advising about registration dates, any course prerequisites, and other academic concerns or questions. Several courses prescribe reading and math levels as prerequisites. For information regarding the appropriate mechanisms for documenting reading and math placement levels please meet with an Academic Advisor.

Program Requirements

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, medical assistant students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy and/or examination chairs and tables.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite and required courses in order to advance within the program.

The medical assisting externship consists of 160 hours of unpaid training at one of the Moraine Valley-affiliated clinical sites. Most externship sites require that students have a completed health/physical form, required immunizations, current CPR certification, HIPAA understanding, health insurance and a criminal background check and drug screening. You must be prepared to travel to your assigned externship site.

The medical assisting externship must be completed within one semester of MOA 147 and within one year of MOA 115 and MOA 144.

Health and Physical Form
Prior to the externship course, students will receive a health history and physical examination form. This must be completed and signed by a licensed physician. Students must prove proof of required immunizations.

Health Insurance
Proof of health insurance is also required and included as part of the health form.

CPR Health care Provider Card
All students must possess a valid CPR Health care Provider card prior to externship assignments. MOA-155 Medical Assistant Externship and MOA-156 Medical Assistant Seminar are courses that include full time clinical assignments and related activities.

Accreditation

The Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

The five year weighted average for Employer Satisfaction with Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program graduates is 100 percent. This information is 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 five year weighted average for Graduate Satisfaction with the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is 100 percent. This information is 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 five year weighted average for Exam Passage with the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is 98 percent. This information is 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).​

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Dreaming of a career as a medical assistant?
As a Medical Assistant (MA), you will work in a challenging, changing, rewarding profession. Graduates of the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program possess an exceptionally broad, thorough knowledge of the field in which they will be working. Medical assistants are uniquely trained to work in both clinical and administrative settings. MAs give health care a human touch, helping patients to feel at ease in the doctor's office and to understand physicians' instructions. If you have good communications skills and are often appreciated for your caring manner, then you might be well suited for a career in medical assisting.

Why should I select the Moraine Valley Medical Assistant Program?
Because the Moraine Valley Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
www.caahep.org

Can I transfer in?
At present, Moraine Valley Community College does not accept Medical Assistant transfer credit.

Where do medical assistants work?
Medical assistants may be employed in physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, occupational health centers, long-term care facilities, and offices of other practitioners such as chiropractors.

How long can I take to complete the program?
Of course, the faculty is committed to students' successful completion of the program and would like students to progress to completion as efficiently as possible. Because several of these courses develop clinical skills, the courses must be completed in a finite time frame. Therefore, students must complete the following courses within a 12-month timeframe or less: MOA-115, MOA-144, MOA-147, MOA-155, and MOA-156. The medical assistant externship (MOA-155) must be completed within one semester of completing MOA-147. MOA-155 must be completed within one year of completing MOA-115 and MOA-144.

Can I be compensated for my externship? 
Students shall not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, for the practicum (externship) experience.

What are the job prospects for medical assistants?
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2022 as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly growing health care industry will further stimulate job growth. Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly for those with certification. Medical assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012. Most medical assistants work in ambulatory care settings such as physician offices. Medical Assistants may work full-time or part-time. The median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,370 in May 2012. More importantly, MAs have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference in people's lives.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants.

What may be my salary?
In 2012 the mean annual salary for medical assistants in Illinois was $29,370 - Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistic, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012 Edition, Medical Assistants. Of course, salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

How will I practice my skills as a student?
Courses taught on campus will provide hands-on experience in the classroom and lab. In addition, students will complete 160 hours of an unpaid clinical externship at an affiliated ambulatory health care center. Clinical personnel will supervise student learning. Students will be apprised of the available clinical assignments and efforts will be made to accommodate requests. However, the ultimate decision for clinical assignments rests with the Program coordinators.

Can I work full time while attending classes?
If you are planning on a full-time course schedule it would be very difficult to work full time. However, you can take classes on a part-time basis. Students in the Medical Assistant Program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite and required courses in order to progress within the Medical assistant Program. The number of hours spent in the classroom and amount of study time required outside class time is considerable to review and practice concepts. Students should plan to spend approximately 2 hours at home studying, reviewing and preparing assignments for every hour spent in class. The 160 unpaid Medical Assistant Externship must be completed on a full time basis.

Do I need a physical exam?
Yes, you will need a completed health history and physical examination form signed by a licensed physician. In addition you will need proof of required immunizations. Student History and Physical Forms will be distributed the semester before you begin your externship. Also, proof of health insurance will be required at this time.

Do I need a drug screen?
Yes, in order to comply with clinical affiliation requirements, students will be asked to submit a sample for drug screening prior to the start of externship. Positive drug screen results will prohibit a student from being placed in a clinical site.

Do I need a criminal background check?
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students will be asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office (B150). For information on criminal background application procedures, please contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708.

Do I need a CPR card?
A valid CPR Health care Provider card will be required prior to your externship assignment. Your instructor will provide you with a number of resources where you may obtain CPR training for health care providers, including resources available through Moraine Valley's Workforce Development Department. The Moraine Valley course number is AH8-039. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required. For more information on CPR for health care providers, contact Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at (708) 974-5735.

What are the requirements for graduation?
Students must successfully complete all course requirements with a grade of C or above and complete the minimum number of credit hours for the certificate. They must also achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 in the courses required for the certificate. Students must complete all courses with a MOA prefix in three years. Graduation petition dates are posted on campus, and students must submit a petition to the Records Office by the published deadlines. Students are responsible for obtaining the form and completing it, as well as ensuring that high school transcripts and/or a high school equivalency certificate are on file with the Records Office.

Do I need to pass a certification exam before I can be employed?
Graduates may be employed without having formal credentials. However, the trend is toward certification and students are strongly urged to challenge a certification exam following graduation.

Is this program accredited?
Yes, the Moraine Valley Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Therefore, upon program completion you are eligible to challenge the prestigious Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Examination. In addition, you will receive high quality training at a fraction of the cost of other schools! Moraine Valley's tuition and fees are approximately $5,325 versus $8,222-22,365 at other area colleges. You can attend classes on either a full-time or part-time basis. Day and evening classes are available.

"My experience assisting students from Moraine Valley has been excellent. The Moraine students come well prepared and with great attitudes and a willingness to learn. I have hired many of the students and anticipate continuing to do so."

R.W. Warner, Administrator, Women's Health care of Illinois

How do I become certified as a medical assistant?
Currently, graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant certification examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants. Information about this organization can be obtained from their website.

In addition, the Registered Medical Assistant certification exam can also be challenged through the American Medical Technologists. Information about this organization can be obtained on its website.

How do I get started?
To learn more about how you can pursue a career in medical assisting, you are advised to contact the Academic Advising Center at (708) 974-5721. Also, please complete a Moraine Valley Community College admission form. Several courses prescribe reading and math levels as prerequisites.

When do classes meet?
Students can get up-to-the-minute information on class scheduling here.

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This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Medical AssistantCertificate1455Health Sciences

D632CAM089

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