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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

The medical assistant 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 Assistant 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 Assistant 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


The Medical Assistant Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must attend an Informational Medical Assistant Program Session prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Medical Assistant Program starting February 1 - June 1. Students that apply must have a completed and signed Medical Assistant -Application Checklist on file by the June 1 application deadline. 


Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline date. The acceptance letter will include instructions on paying the seat fee and the date of the mandatory orientation. All health career students are conditionally accepted and will be required to obtain a criminal background check, 10 panel drug screen, and other health requirements prior to the start of class. Further information will be provided when admitted and attend the orientation. When students complete all admission requirements on the Admission Checklist they will receive full acceptance into the program. Failure in meeting all admission requirements will result in termination of admission into the program.


The medical assistant provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). 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. This programs requires the purchase of a uniform and medical supplies, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Medical Assistant Program Cost Sheet. Students also incur all fees associated with the criminal background check, drug screen, and other health requirements of the program. 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.


College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500

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