Medical Training Programs

Why wait for the career you want?

Northwestern College offers career-focused education that has been valued and respected for the last 114 years. We are excited to announce that we have reduced our tuition rates to meet the needs of our students and better help them achieve their dreams while still offering the same quality education.

What sets Northwestern College apart?

Students come first. Whether you're a recent high school grad or have been out of school and working for a while, we strive to provide you with a direct path to your career. From our friendly and experienced faculty to our career-focused education, our mission is to help prepare you for a lifetime of opportunities.

Discover all that Northwestern College has to offer:

  • Financial aid and scholarships (for those who qualify)
  • Day, evening, weekend, and online courses
  • Academic and career advising
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Employment assistance
  • Externship opportunities
  • An encouraging learning environment

Medical Assisting Program

The medical assistant certificate program at Northwestern College prepares students to work with patients in both a clinical and an administrative capacity. Although some of the work you do will take place behind a desk and behind the scenes, medical assistants are often the primary point of contact between a patient and his or her healthcare provider. From hands-on patient care and laboratory work to follow-up communication, medical assistants are a huge part of the modern medical office.

That's why a medical assistant certificate can go a long way in helping boost your healthcare career. With the right certification in place, you can demonstrate to employers that you have the skills, the drive, and the follow-through to become a successful part of their team.

As a medical assisting student, you will enjoy classes such as:

Emergency Preparedness

Students will be trained and certified as health care providers for CPR with AED as well as basic First Aid. Additionally, students will learn the basic principles of emergency management, understanding hazards and emergencies that could affect the workplace, and how to develop an emergency plan for the medical office/setting.

Clinical Assisting Skills

A lecture/laboratory class in which students learn and practice patient positioning, vision screening, vital signs, and other skills related to assisting the physician. Scheduled laboratory time is a requirement of this course.

Diagnostic and Specialized Procedures

Students will gain proficiency in applying and interpreting a 12-lead EKG machine, perform stress tests, and pulmonary function testing. In addition, students will learn how to assist the physician in a variety of specialized clinical procedures and situations to include pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology, minor surgical procedures, alternative medicine, nutritional concerns, and other specialty exams and procedures.

Health Information Technology

If you're interested in this program, you should have an interest in the health care field, although actual patient contact is very rare. You also enjoy organizing, preparing, and retrieving detailed work. Health Information Technicians compile, code, and maintain patient medical records and can also tabulate and analyze data to help prepare statistical information extracted from groups of records.

  • Organize and evaluate medical records for completeness and accuracy
  • Code patient records according to standard classifications
  • Utilize appropriate sanitation and universal precautions procedures
  • Consult with physicians to clarify diagnoses and treatment
  • Use computer programs to tabulate and analyze data

Medical Insurance Billing Specialist

The Medical Insurance Billing Specialist certificate is intended for individuals already employed in a medical records-related field who wish to enhance their medical insurance billing knowledge, as well as those without prior experience who wish to gain skills for entry-level billing positions with healthcare providers. This program emphasizes skills for completing claim forms, assisting health consumers and healthcare providers with insurance questions, verifying insurance coverage, obtaining pre-authorization and verification, and submitting electronic claims to clearinghouses and third-party payers in ambulatory care settings. Concepts of revenue cycle management and accounts receivable monitoring are also covered.

Students completing this program will be qualified to sit for the American Medical Billing Association CMRS (Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist) credential or the American Association of Professional Coders CPB (Certified Professional Biller) credential. This program is designed to be completed in one year.

Health Care Coding Certificate

Enhance your education and build a future with a college that knows what it means to prepare graduates for a lifelong career.

Medical coding classes offered through Northwestern College are geared toward the kind of career growth that lasts a lifetime. With industry-standard educational courses and instructors who have real-world knowledge of the coding profession, you get so much more than your medical coding certificate here—you get an experience.

It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to us as a brand new student or building on an existing career in the billing and coding industry—every graduate who successfully completes the medical coding certificate program gets access to the same great resources.

Campus Locations

Chicago, IL

Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side, Northwestern College’s Chicago campus provides the perfect solution for city residents seeking an education close to home. It is easily accessible via public transportation – including the CTA Blue Line, Metro train, or 16 different bus routes. This campus is also convenient to the Kennedy and Edens expressways, and offers plenty of parking. Stop in our Admissions Office, at 4811 N. Milwaukee Ave. But location is not the only reason NC’s Chicago campus makes an ideal educational setting. From the medical laboratories in the School of Health Sciences, to the modern computer classrooms in the Information Technology Institute, to the lecture and seminar rooms in the Main Building, students experience a variety of real-world settings that support their program of study. This type of environment enhances students’ career-oriented training, and allows them to gain hands-on experience that gives them a valuable edge when they enter the job market.

Bridgeview, IL

Located near Harlem Avenue and 79th Street, the Bridgeview campus serves the southwest suburbs as well as those residing in the communities surrounding Midway Airport. It is easily accessible by bus via the PACE public transportation system and can be conveniently reached by car as well. This campus is housed in a large shopping center, and offers parking for over 500 cars. Check us out at 7725 S. Harlem Ave. It also delivers career-oriented education in state-of-the-art facilities that include 17 classrooms, 13 computer labs, a medical lab, a massage clinic, and an auditorium with seating for approximately 200. Other service areas include a bookstore, a library with three study rooms and a computer lab, a dedicated advising/learning center, and a student lounge.


The Northwestern College Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

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If you're ready to take the next step in your education and your career, let us help! Begin by requesting more information about our programs.

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