Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting


The medical assisting program is a one-year certificate that prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, medical assistants are most commonly employed in medical offices and clinics. Their administrative responsibilities may include front office reception, billing, bookkeeping, basic correspondence, and scheduling of appointments. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, and assisting the physician during the examination and treatment of patients.


Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other allied health and office personnel. Although most medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week, they may be assigned evenings or weekends dependent upon their place of employment. If you are considering this field, you should be able to accurately record and keep track of information, maintain confidentiality, deal calmly and professionally with patients, follow medical charts and understand diagnoses, and work with electronic health records.


The Medical Assisting program offers courses on the Galesburg Campus. Labs take place in the College of Nursing Building with access to the skills lab and health assessment lab where essential skills will be demonstrated and practiced. Practicum experiences for the Medical Assisting program will be gained with physician offices and clinics in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg Cottage Physician Offices, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and Clinics, and other surrounding community’s agencies as needed. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.


Program at a Glance

·      Average starting salary: $29,370 *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics

·      Level of patient contact: High

·      Length of the program: One year Certificate

·      Program location: Galesburg campus

·      Program start time: Fall

·      Evening classes offered

·      Employment opportunities in a variety of settings

·      Prepare for the AMT exam



Admission to the Program

Admission information is available at


Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Medical Assisting program prior to enrolling in any Medical Assisting courses. Enrollment is limited.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS if needed.
  4. The following COMPASS scores are required for admission within 5 years: Reading – Score of 83 or higher; Writing – Score of 47 or higher; Math Pre-Algebra – Score of 47 or higher or equivalent ACT scores of 20 Reading; 20 English; 25 Math within 2 years or transcripts showing successful completion of college level English and Math.
  5. Students who do not meet the minimum required scores in each of the respective categories identified above in #4 may qualify for admission by completing the appropriate course(s) with grades of “C” of better: Reading – RDG 096; Writing – ENG 098; Math – MAT 080.
  6. Schedule an appointment with the advisor for the Medical Assisting program. 
  7. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a “C” or better:
    • Medical Terminology - MDT.100
    • Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals - BIO.111
    • Keyboarding and Formatting I - AOP101 or Tech Skills for Business Environ. BOC 107
  8. HTH.130 (First Aid/CPR) may be completed before going through the application process.
  9. Complete an application for admission to the Medical Assisting program. Applications are available from the program advisor. Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications will be accepted February 1 until the June 1 deadline for the August start date. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the deadline of admission status.
  10. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:

·      Applicants accepted into the Medical Assisting program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Medical Assistant Program Essential Skills with or without reasonable accommodations.

·      Students accepted will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.

·      Student is responsible for all fees incurred.

·      Estimated Cost – Medical Assisting Certificate

11.  Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.


Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

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