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Southwestern Illinois College offers both a 10-month Medical Assistant Certificate program and a two-year Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant degree. Acceptance to these programs is required before an applicant will be permitted to register for MA courses.
Medical Assistant Certificate
Medical Assistant Certificate (021A) Course Sequence
This is a 38.5-credit-hour, accredited certificate program that can be completed in 10 months.
The curriculum includes Medical Assistant technical courses and assigned clinical experiences.
Medical Assistant Degree
Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science Degree (0021) Course Sequence
This is a 68.5-credit-hour degree program that can be completed in two years and one summer and includes:
A 38.5-credit-hour medical assistant certificate program (first 10 months)
30 credit hours of general education courses
The curriculum includes financing, management, communication and interpersonal relations, as well as MA technical courses and assigned clinical experiences.
General Education Courses
General education courses can be completed prior to admission. These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses. If general education courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed during the semesters indicated.
Medical Assistant Courses
The Medical Assistant program courses begin each fall and spring for those applicants accepted into the program. MA courses are offered at the Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campus during the day.
Clinical Education Experiences
Clinical experience courses are completed off campus in various MA employment settings. Student may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses and must have background checks and drug testing prior. Clinical practice courses begin in the third semester after the completion of all MA coursework. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.