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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Turn your passion for helping others into a career you can be proud of. Our Medical Assistant program provides you with a strong foundation in everything from clinical skills, to patient interaction and administrative duties. With our hands-on, career driving curriculum, you’ll have the skills and confidence to apply your knowledge in any healthcare setting – right after graduation.  And you won’t have to wait long, because there is a huge shortage of qualified medical assistants and our graduates find jobs fast.

Students entering the health care profession must have a positive attitude about the importance of the work they are being asked to perform. This involves integrity, flexibility, and communication skills. Medical Assistants are the heart of the heath care team.

Many out of district students are eligible for in-district tuition for this specific program including Rockford area and Sauk Valley area students. Contact Jeremy Bradt in admissions for more information.

Career Field

The program graduates may find jobs scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing first aid and CPR, assisting with medical examinations, administering medication and instructing on special diets, performing EKG’s and being trained in phlebotomy.

Program Goal

Highland Community College’s Medical Assistant Program strives “to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”   Our goal is to promote professional, valuable, and efficient health care through educational theory and demonstration of knowledge and skills set forth by CAAHEP.


Medical Assistant – AAS (Program Outcomes)


Associate of Applied Science
Medical Assistant

Our Medical Assistant Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Grobe, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CCM, CNE, Interim Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, 815-599-3688
Alicia Kepner, CMA, Medical Assistant Faculty, 815-599-3679
Student Advising, 815-599-3573

General Information and Accreditation

Highland’s Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Admissions Checklist
Admissions Criteria
Kaplan Testing Date Information.
Medical Assistant Curriculum

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the CMA-AAMA Medical Assistant Certification exam.

Medical Assistant Program Outcomes

Retention Rate77.78%100.00%
Placement Rate100.00%N/A
Graduate ParticipationN/AN/A
Graduate Satisfaction100.00%N/A
Employer Participation70.00%N/A
Employer Satisfaction100.00%N/A
Exam Participation100.00%88.89%
Exam Pass Rate100.00%100.00%

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Scholarship Opportunities:

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Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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