Harper College’s Genuine Approach

In the unstable economy we are faced with, careers and jobs are being eliminated and many people are left searching for alternative solutions for jobs. After doing extensive research about a career as a Medical Assistant, I just knew it was the perfect field for me to get into. I knew I’ve always wanted to help people and as a MA it is the perfect opportunity to do so.

The number one thing I researched was the best school to go to for the MA program. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, I just knew my best option was attending William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL. I have taken classes previously at Harper College and really enjoyed not only the courses taught here, but the professors who clearly love what they are doing. When I became interested in the MA program at Harper College, I initially contacted the program director, Geri Kale-Smith, who was awesome with getting back to me and answering all of my questions. After registering for and taking the necessary courses about one year ago, I am on my way to doing my externship in March of 2013 through the school.

I have learned a great deal taking all the courses for the program and even though they have been difficult, I really got a great understanding not only of the field itself, but what my day-to-day could potentially look like. My favorite thing about the Harper College MA program is that all the professors are all there to help you out with anything you need.


The only downside I find in all of this is all the health requirements we are tasked to complete before starting the externship. Although it may seem like a lot, I understand the necessity of it all.


One big plus about the Harper College MA program is that the college matches each student with an externship site or you have the freedom to choose a site you would prefer to go to as long as you get the proper documentation filled out. Also, the flexibility of the program is made to be completed around each students’ schedule which is fantastic because of my need to continue to work while taking my classes.

I am so glad I’ve taken this path in my life & career and I know this is the perfect school for me for all the reasons I’ve listed and then some. I think if a student is interested in a career in Medical Assisting, it is very important to research a school where the instructors really are there to help the students grow and learn and not just there for a paycheck. If the school has all the right components it makes completing the tough program more rewarding in the end.

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College reviewed by Nikki

My name is Nikki and I am a twenty-something Medical Assisting student who resides in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.

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