BIR Training Center: Medical Assisting School in Chicago
Programs & Certification Pathways

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What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assisting is a multidiscipline occupation in which health care workers assist doctors in providing care for patients and performing clinical and administrative tasks in a medical setting. BIR offer students comprehensive training, medical externship, and certification preparation which allow them to find rewarding jobs upon graduation.


BIR's Program

BIR’s Medical Assisting Program is longer than one year and less than two years program that includes thorough training in clinical and administrative duties. Clinical training includes: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood drawing techniques, asepsis, medicine administration and injections, vital signs and measurements, routine and emergency medical procedures and treatments, and CPR. The administrative portion provides training in reimbursement cycles, insurance claim preparation and submission, patient account management, and medical software. The Medical Assisting Program is now being offered at the Belmont Location.



An Externship is part of the Medical Assisting Program and is offered at medical practices, hospitals and other medical facilities. During externships, students will gain hands-on experience under the direction of the site supervisor and BIR’s site coordinator.


Careers in Medical Assisting

Medical assisting is an occupation that is in high demand and can be the basis for extending careers as a Phlebotomist, Electrocardiogram - EKG Technician or those who hold Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA Certifications. Upon completion of the program, students can find employment as: Medical Assistants, Clinical Medical Assistants, Medical Administrative Assistants, Patient Intakes, Medical Receptionists, Medical Office Assistants, Phlebotomists, EKG Technicians, Office Coordinators, Patient Access Specialists, Call Center Representatives, or Immediate Care Technicians. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024…”, “much faster than average” and job prospects are “excellent.” “Medical assistants with formal training – particularly those with certifications- should have the best opportunities…”


  • Certifications

    • *Certified EKG Technician Exam
    • *Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam
    • *Certified Phlebotomy Technician Exam
    • *Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Exam
    • CPR Certification Exam
    * National Healthcareers Association (BIR Training Center has been approved by NHA as a testing site to administer the National Certification Exam).

    CPR Certification is from the American Heart Association.

    Other Certification Preparation

    • Registered Medical Assistant (Program Completion)
    • Certified Medical Assistant (Program Completion)

    BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site.

  • Program: 10 Courses 37 Credits

    • Sample Schedule: Class Length 8 weeks
    • Small Class and Lab Sizes

  • Affordable tuition and no-interest payment plans available. BIR Training Center is a WIOA approved training provider.

  • Tutoring in math, English, and computer skills is available.

  • BIR is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.


    Medical Clinical Assistant General Practice

    Prepare patients for exams, explain treatment procedures, administer medication as directed, take and record vital signs, take EKGs, apply Holter monitor, draw blood, collect and prepare lab specimens, assist physician during exams, remove sutures, and change dressings.

    Medical Assisting training; Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and EKG Certification recommended

    Medical Clinical Assistant Specialized Practice

    Perform Medical Clinical Assistant duties in specialized practices. Specializations include, but are not limited to Obstetrics & Gynecology, Podiatric, Pediatric, Chiropractic, Plastic Surgery and other medical specialties. Specialized field training may be required.

    Medical Assisting training; Phlebotomy and EKG Certification recommended

    Medical Administrative Assistant

    Schedule and receive patients, manage medical records, chart patient information, arrange hospital admission, process insurance, and perform billing.

    Medical Assisting training; Medical Administrative Assistant Certification recommended

    Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician

    Operates an electrocardiograph machine and Holter monitor that produce data for the diagnosis of heart ailments. Performs EKGs, positions chest electrodes, and forwards test results to attending physician. EKG technicians work in outpatient cardiac diagnostic sites, acute care facilities and hospitals.

    Medical Assistant training; EKG Technician Certification required

    Phlebotomy Technician

    Collect specimens and draw blood. Perform routine laboratory tests Phlebotomists work in outpatient labs, hospitals and physicians offices.

    Medical Assistant training; Phlebotomy Technician Certification required

Medical Assisting Program