Medical Assistant (MA) Program Curriculum and Rotation
The Northwestern Medical Assistant program is a part-time, 10-month program (40 instructional weeks) that provides 9 months of part-time didactic instruction followed by a 1 month, 160-hour, full-time externship.
Semester I (September - January)
Semester II (February - late June/or early July)
Program Grading Scale
The following grading scale is used:
F: below 60%
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The Medical Assistant program requires that all students maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout enrollment. A student maintains SAP if their cumulative (overall) and current (most recent term) grade point averages are 2.0 or better. A student must also achieve a final course grade of 70% in all didactic courses and a grade of PASS in all clinical courses throughout each term, adhere to the clinical competency plan per the course syllabi, maintain satisfactory performance pace (completion of all attempted courses), and comply with all institutional and program policies. Student performance will be monitored in an ongoing manner throughout clinical and didactic activities and a grade for each course will be issued at the end of the term.
The Medical Assistant program utilizes a traditional, residential format.
9 months: part-time (20 hours per week)
Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 1:00pm
1 month: full-time Externship (160 hours, 40 hours per week)
Monday through Friday, full-time, daytime hours
Students will be off six regular holidays per year. Those are:
Students will have a 2-week winter break and 1-week spring break; dates vary each year and will be posted on the "For Prospective Students" page on this website.
The program begins every September and ends in late June/ or early July.
The Medical Assistant program utilizes various clinical sites across the Northwestern Medicine system and students may be placed at externship sites up to 50 miles away from the downtown campus.