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Medical Assistant program added for Fall 2019

December 11, 2018

Heartland Community College is adding a new program to meet the growing demand for healthcare-related professionals.

Heartland’s Health and Human Services Division will be offering a Medical Assistant program beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.

Medical Assistants (MA) are healthcare professionals trained to work in a physician’s office or clinic both administratively and clinically. Skills that are covered in the program include patient prep, blood draws and specimen collection, insurance and billing, assisting physicians with procedures and other professional duties.

The Medical Assistant program joins fields of study at Heartland that have outpaced the national averages for academic achievement.  

In the past year Heartland has had four Health and Human services programs produce a perfect pass rate for licensure or certification exams. Student cohorts in Nursing (both RN & LPN), Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiography programs all reached a 100 percent pass rate on board exams in 2017-2018.

“Medical Assistant is a growing profession that is in-demand in doctor’s offices, clinics and diagnostic laboratories,” said Jennifer O’Connor, Interim Dean of Health and Human Services. “This is a program that prepares students to be ready for the workforce after just one year of training. This is a good complement to the two-year healthcare programs we have been offering.”

Students interested in exploring the Medical Assistant program, as well as the Associate of Applied Science degrees in Nursing, PTA and Radiography, can learn more during an informational session January 29, 2019 on the Heartland campus at 1500 W Raab Rd. in Normal, IL.

Written by: Steve Fast