Illinois Medical Assistant Courses – IL
There are two types of educational programs available to aspiring medical assistants. Most schools offering medical assistant education in Illinois offer a choice of programs to pursue: one-year certificate programs, or two-year associate degree programs. The curriculum for medical assistants generally includes courses in both administrative and healthcare-related tasks. Students who have plans for a career in a specific medical setting should try and find programs that teach the specialized skills they will need.
Students are also likely to complete a practicum. During a practicum, the student practices in a medical setting under the supervision and guidance of instructors. This can provide valuable hands-on experience.
A medical assistant may also choose an alternate credential instead: that of a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). The American Medical Technologists (AMT) agency is responsible for certifying medical assistants who choose this course. AMT may differ from the AAMA in some of its practices, laws and requirements. To be eligible for the title of RMA, you must be 18 years or older and a graduate of a medical assisting school accredited by the ABHES or CAAHP.
American Association of Medical Assistants
20 N Wacker Dr., Ste 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 899-1500
American Medical Technologists
10 700 West Higgins
Suite 150Rosemont, IL 60018