Medical Assistant Programs in Illinois

If a career as a medical assistant (MA) in Illinois strongly appeals to you then you will be happy to know that the demand for MA’s has been steadily on the increase over the last decade and is projected to grow by a further 29% over the coming years. In fact it is predicted that an additional 183,900 jobs will be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024.

This is much faster than average when compared with other roles in the healthcare industry.

How to become a Medical Assistant in Illinois;

If you wish to pursue a career as a MA in Illinois you will need to first complete a high school diploma. In order to become fully certified (CMA) you will also need to have graduated from an accredited program.

Certification is not essential but it is generally preferred by employers.

Listed below are some of the top MA and related programs near you.

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Accredited Medical Assistant Programs in Illinois

CollegeMetro AreaFind Out More
College of DuPageGlen EllynRequest Information
College of Lake CountyGrayslakeRequest Information
Harper CollegePalatineRequest Information
Highland Community CollegeFreeportRequest Information
Illinois Central CollegeEast PeoriaRequest Information
Midstate CollegePeoriaRequest Information
Midwest Technical InstituteEast PeoriaRequest Information
Midwest Technical InstituteMolineRequest Information
Midwest Technical InstituteSpringfieldRequest Information
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos HillsRequest Information
National Latino Education InstituteChicagoRequest Information
Northwestern CollegeChicagoRequest Information
Robert Morris UniversityChicagoRequest Information
Robert Morris UniversityPeoriaRequest Information
Rockford Career CollegeRockfordRequest Information
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBellevilleRequest Information
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar GroveRequest Information

Listed above are the top accredited MA programs in Illinois.

Accreditation may be granted either by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

You might also be interested in checking out the following related programs;

Medical Assistant Certification Illinois

Medical assistant certification (CMA) is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Certification is granted following the successful completion of certification exams.

Only graduates of accredited MA programs are eligible to apply to take the certification exams. Applicants are also typically required to complete an unpaid internship as part of the certification process.

Certification is not essential in Illinois but it will certainly enhance a candidates employment and career prospects.

Medical Assistant Salary in Illinois

Average Salary$34,710
Hourly Wage$16.69
Top 10% of Earners$48,540
Bottom 10% of Earners$23,320
#'s Employed19,890

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data there are currently 19,890 people employed as MAs in Illinois with an average salary of $34,710.

This equates to $16.69 per hour and is 5.7% above the national average.

The top 10% of earners for the career in Illinois have an annual income of $48,540 whilst the bottom 10% earned $23,320.

Salary and Employment Data for main cities in Illinois

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights$36,210$17.4112,120
Lake County-Kenosha County$34,520$16.601,270

Related Healthcare Careers in Illinois

Medical assistants in Illinois earn 25% more than nursing assistants there and 16.3% less than emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

View the table below for more detailed career comparisons.

 Salary# Employed            
Medical Assistant$34,71019,890
Nursing Assistant$27,77061,390
Home Health Aide$24,34034450
Surgical Tech$46,7303,080
Dental Assistant$39,03012,710
Physician Assistant$104,7302,720



Illinois IL-ih-NOY) is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes region of the United States.
Area: 57,914 sq mi
Population: 12,741,080