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Medical Assistant – Certificate


Medical Assistant

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate program is a concentrated program of study in medical assisting designed to train individuals to become multi-skilled professionals in an ambulatory healthcare setting. Medical assistants are allied health professionals who function as a member of a health care delivery team and perform routine, yet essential, administrative and clinical procedures.

What You Can Do

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification exam.


  • Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Support

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook for Medical Assistants at Medical Assistants : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

MDA 2006


OFT 115Keyboarding11
NAD 101Nursing Assistant Training27


MDA 101Introduction to Medical Assisting1
ALH 217Medical Terminology3
MDA 128Administrative Skills for Medical Assisting5
MDA 129Medical Insurance and Billing Procedures33


MDA 130Pharmacology3
MDA 132Medical Clinic Procedures4
MDA 133Medical Office Laboratory Procedures2
MDA 134Practical Skills for Medical Assisting46

Total Hours for Degree35

Notes and Information

  1. Proficiency exam is available for OFT 115 for students entering the program with a sound background in keyboarding. See your advisor or the chairperson of the Business, Computer and Mathematics Departments. ↩︎
  2. NAD 101 must be completed by the end of the first semester or prior to application into the Medical Assistant program. Registration with the Illinois Department of Health-Health Care Worker Registry is required for background check purposes only. ↩︎
  3. MDA 129 students entering MDA 129 are not required to complete OFT 115 Keyboarding and NAD 101 Nursing Assistant Training to enter and complete this course. ↩︎
  4. MDA 134 course requirements can be fulfilled by completing 160 hours of practical experience. Students may choose an Externships in the Spring or an Apprenticeship in the Fall and Spring semesters. ↩︎

All MDA courses must be taken in the sequence stated in the curriculum. Students must maintain a “C” or higher in all courses in order to graduate from the program. Drug screening, immunizations and criminal background checks are required for MDA 134.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification exam.

The Medical Assistant Certificate is a minimum of 35 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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John A Logan College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on programs with specialized accreditations please visit Programs with Specialized Accreditations – John A. Logan College (

John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

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  1. Demonstrate competence in clinical skills required for entry-level employment.
  2. Articulate written and oral communication skills appropriate to patient instructions and care.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of appropriate behavior in the workplace (clinical) related to medical law, healthcare ethics, and professionalism in the role of a certified medical assistant.

Medical Assistant Faculty Contact

Renee Lacy

Renee Lacy

Instructor of Medical Assistant Program

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8368
Office: E111 G