Degrees & Certificates

Medical Assistant

Certificate of Achievement


Medical Assistants are some of the most versatile professionals in the health care industry, with expertise in patient, clinical, and administrative responsibilities.

The industry is growing quickly as medical technology continues to evolve and physician offices and outpatient care centers open to meet the needs of an expanding patient community.

Designed to be completed in one academic year (three semesters), Waubonsee’s Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement provides students with the experience and education to become licensed professionals in Illinois and begin promising careers.

The program requires a special application and admissions process. The Health Professions and Public Service office can provide further information. Please contact (630) 870-3900 or

Studying Medical Assisting at Waubonsee


Waubonsee students are leading the way in this exciting field. Our Medical Assistant program has a five-year average of 96% for job placement for the years 2018-2022. Taught by exceptional instructors at our state-of-the-art Aurora Fox Valley Campus, our students master lessons in administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Students are ready for their on-site externships, arranged in partnership with Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic, Rush Medical Group, and Northwestern Medicine — where they actively participate in hands-on activities and take their first steps into their future role as a medical assistant. Our program continues to receive impressive recognition.

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Program Accreditation, Admission and Handbook

Program Accreditation

Waubonsee’s Medical Assistant Certificate Program has received national accreditation from the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Our Medical Assistant program has a five-year average of 96% for job placement for the years 2018-2022.

Program Admission

Students looking to enter the Medical Assistant Program need to complete a special admissions application and process. Applications for the next cohort are due by June 1, 2025.

Medical Assistant Admission

Student Handbook

The Medical Assistant Student Handbook provides important details about the program and its expectations. 

Read the Handbook (pdf) 

Meet Your Faculty


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Costs and Payments


Learn how affordable your dreams can be at Waubonsee.


Working in Medical Assisting

Careers in medical assisting have promising earning potential and overall industry growth in both small and large settings, including medical offices, clinics, labs and other health care agencies. The medical assistant helps keep the practice running smoothly and has active roles with administrative and clinical duties: routine examinations, obtaining specimens, performing lab tests, scheduling appointments, handling medical insurance claims and other office roles.

Career Prospects

Interested in a career in Medical Assistant? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.



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Professional licensure and certification requirements

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. At this time, Waubonsee Community College cannot confirm if programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the State of Illinois. Please consult the Licensure Requirements by State and Program table for a full list of states.