Medical Assisting Program Overview
The Medical Assisting Program provides entry-level theory and hands-on training in basic and routine clinical and administrative tasks. Midwest Technical Institute’s medical assistant training provides the skills required to perform in either a clinical or office capacity. MTI’s Medical Assisting Program instructors have real-world experience in the field, and help students build these skills through hands-on instruction and interaction.
The graduate will be able to assist in EKG, x-ray procedures, first aid and phlebotomy, perform clinical procedures, prepare a patient for physical exams and assist the physician with other exams. The medical assistant may also help the physician with minor surgical procedures and can sterilize and care for instruments.
In some venues, the medical assistant is expected to effectively handle administrative office procedures including electronic record keeping, keyboarding, billing, coding, scheduling, transcription and insurance claims. The medical assistant possesses a thorough understanding of health-related ethics and other business principles that bear on the practitioner’s relationship with the patient. To obtain their medical assistant certification, students will be scheduled to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) National Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
- Introduction to Medical Assisting
- Body Organization with Billing & Coding
- Body System & Testing with Office Management
- Phlebotomy & Injections with Communications
- Body Systems with Life Span Care & Ethics
- Externship Review Class & Externship
*The first training module taken will be the Introduction to Medical Assisting and the last training module taken will be the Externship Review Class & Externship. All other modules can be taken in any order.
Medical Assisting FAQ
- While a medical assistant’s duties will vary according to the specialty of the physician, the administrative duties can range from answering phones, greeting patients, updating medical records, scheduling appointments and making arrangements for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination and assisting the physician during examination.
- The medical assisting student is trained to perform in entry-level positions normally available in a medical facility such as a physician, chiropractor or podiatrist's office and/or clinic.
- The medical profession continues to grow as a result of the population living longer and advancements in procedures, treatments and medications. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for medical assistants will increase by 19% from 2019 to 2029. *www.bls.gov
Medical Assisting at Midwest Technical Institute
Medical assistant classes prepare students with the entry-level clinical and administrative skills needed to work in doctors' offices, including assisting with EKGs and x-rays, phlebotomy, and more. The Medical Assisting Program at Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) is taught by instructors with real-world experience. Medical assistant training classes at MTI are hands-on and include classroom and lab instruction. Students finish the 9-month program with an externship program that gives students in-the-field experience, and helps them learn what type of position they may want to pursue after graduation. Watch this two-minute video to see what it’s like to begin your career in medical assisting at Midwest Technical Institute.
Midwest Technical Institute offers a variety of financing options to qualifying students. Financial Aid Representatives are available at each of our campuses to assist you. Please contact your nearest MTI campus today to learn more.
Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses.
Medical Assisting Careers
At Midwest Technical Institute, graduates will receive the medical assistant training necessary to enter the medical assisting field at the entry level. MTI offers a medical assistant program in Illinois and Missouri, preparing graduates with the skills needed to work as medical assistants in doctor’s offices or outpatient clinics.
The role of a medical assistant can include clerical duties, like assisting with the front desk and billing, and clinical duties, such as assisting the doctor with patient exams, or preparing samples for the lab. After completing medical assistant training, graduates may choose to specialize in certain areas, such as geriatrics, pediatrics, dermatology, or other specialized fields. Additionally, as technology advances in the field of medical record keeping, medical assistants could have the opportunity to learn new skills on the job.
Medical assistants are a vital part of most medical offices, and the profession continues to grow as a result of the population living longer and advancements in procedures, treatments, and medications. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for medical assistants will increase by 19% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations of 4%. *www.bls.gov
The Medical Assisting Programs at the Springfield, IL, East Peoria, IL, Moline, IL and Springfield, MO campuses are all accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
MTI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
MTI is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.
MTI is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info: www.ibhe.org