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Are you looking for a meaningful career in healthcare? Northwestern College’s Online Medical Assisting Certificate Program can help you launch that career. Northwestern College has a long history of preparing students for successful careers in a variety of healthcare fields. Our faculty members are experts with years of experience in education and healthcare. We offer convenient online medical assisting classes to provide students with the education and training they need to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of healthcare.

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What Medical Assistants Do

Medical assistants are detail-oriented professionals who help ensure the success of a medical office or healthcare facility with their strong interpersonal skills, thorough training and attention to detail. They carry out a wide range of responsibilities, from direct patient care to the behind-the-scenes work that helps a facility run efficiently. Common tasks include:

  • Taking vital sign measurements
  • Administering injections and medications (as permitted by law)
  • Preparing specimens for laboratory tests
  • Recording patient histories
  • Inputting insurance codes
  • Helping physicians with examinations
  • Taking blood samples
  • Scheduling appointments and follow-up visits
  • Maintaining healthcare records

Depending on the hospital or facility, a medical assistant may put their skills to work in a variety of areas. They also can choose to specialize in a particular type of medicine, such as ophthalmology, elder care, or obstetrics. Our online medical assisting classes provides a solid foundation for future professional growth, as there is some crossover between medical assisting and fields such as nursing or radiography.


Graduates of our online medical assisting certification classes are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists Registered Medical Assistant exam.

Our Online Medical Assisting Program

Medical assisting students in Northwestern College’s online classes are trained to play a pivotal role as part of a healthcare team, being able to effectively perform necessary duties and meaningfully connect with patients and their families. Our classes are designed to be flexible and convenient, allowing you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Whether you’re a busy working professional or just looking to fast-track your education, our online certificate classes are the perfect fit for you. Coursework includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Specialized and Diagnostic Procedures
  • Clinical Assisting Skills
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Pharmacology
  • Principles of Billing and Coding
  • Medical Records and Office Procedures
  • Medical Law, Ethics, and Human Relations in Healthcare

In addition to online coursework, students have access to our cutting-edge simulation labs powered by SIMTICS. This innovative platform provides a digital clinical experience, allowing students to practice skills and procedures in a safe and controlled environment. With SIMTICS, students can hone their skills and gain the confidence to excel in their careers.

Students also must complete a practical externship. A valuable part of our program, externship participation gives students the real-world experience they need and an opportunity to learn more about the field in-depth. Each externship lasts for 160 hours, under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Our students also take college success, professional development, and certification preparation courses. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination.

To see our full curriculum, visit our College Catalog.

Further Your Education at Northwestern College

Northwestern College located in Oak Lawn, IL, offers medical assisting online classes in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

The Northwestern College faculty is committed to the success of each student, and this includes our career services department. From hosting workshops and special events to providing resume and interview guidance, the career services staff provides students with a wealth of resources.

Enjoy Job Security in an In-Demand Healthcare Role

Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing healthcare careers, with demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals at an all-time high. With the growing need for preventative and other types of medical services, there is a rising need for healthcare support workers. Many employers prefer certified candidates who are well-prepared and licensed by an agency, making our online medical assisting classes a great place to start.

Program Goals

Students who have completed our program are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, supervisors, support personnel, and other healthcare team members to recognize individual differences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, and legal standards specific to medical assisting.
  • Apply knowledge of basic sciences and medical theory when executing administrative and clinical medical assisting procedures.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to make appropriate administrative and clinical judgements to enhance patient care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills required for the RMA certification exam.

Accreditations and Approvals

Northwestern College is accredited (on probation) by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.

We are approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill® for Veterans Educational Assistance. We also are proud to support eligible students with financial aid assistance and job search assistance.

Earn a Medical Assisting Certificate Online at Northwestern College

So why wait? Take the first step toward your dream career today and enroll in Northwestern College’s Online Medical Assisting Certificate Program. Our knowledgeable and dedicated faculty members are here to help you every step of the way, providing the education and training you need to succeed in the exciting world of healthcare. We help you every step of the way with student success coaching and career services. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and start a successful career as a medical assistant. Contact us to learn more about our healthcare training programs.