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Medical Assisting

Sandburg offers a medical assisting certificate and degree that prepares students to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in a variety of health care settings. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the knowledge, skills, and behavior learning domains.

Medical Assistants are one of the fastest-growing health care occupations. 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.

Pathways to Other Programs

Medical Assistants can move into our other health programs such as:

Practical Nursing  - LPN

Associate Degree Nursing - RN

Paramedic - EMS

Radiologic Technology


Admission requirements for the medical assisting program

Students interested in this program must meet with a Sandburg academic advisor prior to registering for the program. New Medical Assisting students must attend the required program orientation session.

Students will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen.

Findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may prevent entrance to the program. Additionally, findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center


Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 24% over the next ten years, much faster then the average for all healthcare professions. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Assistant

Working Conditions

Medical assistants work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals 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. The medical assistant provides both direct patient care and administrative functions.

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. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Medical Assistant to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.


Sample course schedule for the medical assisting program

Sample Schedule for Medical Assisting certificate fall start

Sample Schedule for Medical Assisting certificate spring start

Sample Schedule for Medical Assisting AAS schedule fall start

Sample Schedule for Medical Assisting AAS schedule spring start 


Courses in this program are offered face-to-face and multiple modality – meaning students may attend a traditional classroom lecture, attend through a virtual platform, or online. Mandatory attendance is required at all labs and ALH 155 and MDA 125 classes.



Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.


Estimated costs for the medical assisting program

Medical Assistant fall start cost sheet

Medical Assistant spring start cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Meet the instructors

Tina Braun-Smith, Nursing Assistant Instructor- Galesburg

Christina Stone MSN, RN, Nursing Assistant Instructor- Galesburg


Becoming a Basic Nursing Assistant Instructor:

An instructor must be a registered nurse who has been approved by the Department. Instructors must have two years of experience as a registered nurse and one year of experience in caring for the chronically ill, the elderly, or in the provision of long-term care services. Instructors must also have experience teaching adults, take a course in teaching adults, or have experience in supervising nurse aides/assistants.
An instructor with an Associate Degree will need to take a Train-the-Trainer course. If a registered nurse meets the qualifications, then the registered nurse can sign up for a train-the-trainer course by visiting, click on the heading of courses and select a course to take. A registered nurse has to meet the qualifications to be able to take a train-the-trainer course. The train-the-trainer course may be taken face-to-face or online. The other portion of the training is completing the evaluator workshop, which is completed in a face-to-face format.
A registered nurse that meets the qualifications with a BSN or higher degree does not necessarily need to take the Train-the-Trainer course. The registered nurse would need to complete 4 hours of CEUs in Alzheimer's and related dementia and submit the completed certificate(s) and a resume to the program coordinator to obtain instructor approval from IDPH.



Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401