Are you looking for growth and flexibility?

Career Services Support: Guiding Your Career Transition

With this program you are eligible for 1-to-1 career support as you prepare for your new, exciting career in healthcare. Our dedicated team at SXL will provide the following services:

  • A personalized one-on-one Career Conversation
  • Resume-writing tips and personalized resume review
  • Job search strategies workshop
  • How to build a LinkedIn profile webinar workshop
  • Tips on how to make a great impression at a job interview
  • A Digital Badge to add clout to your online job search and a tutorial on how to use it

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Your Healthcare Career Starts Here

At Governors State University School of Extended Learning (SXL), we champion adult learners and make career transitions happen. The field of Healthcare is in need of trained employees now. 

Thanks to a Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) grant from the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), SXL can help you be one of them! 

FREE career training opportunities are available in the growing areas of Clinical Medical Assisting! Qualifying applicants* will prepare to launch a new career in months, not years. This program is also available to working Clinical Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who wish to upskill and shift into this in-demand role.

SXL programs are 100% virtual and led by expert instructors with real-world experience in the healthcare field. After obtaining national certification credentials, job placement assistance is available. Certification exam vouchers are included, and the program is entirely free to qualifying participants!

*Applicants must reside in qualifying zip codes or provide proof of income or unemployment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this free training?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded Workforce Recovery Initiative provides funding to build the capacity of the state's workforce system and prioritize creating equitable access for historically underrepresented populations in Illinois. This funding restores the Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Program model to address the barriers to work experienced by adults and youth during the pandemic and provides a pool of talented job seekers for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. This program serves unemployed, underemployed (individuals including those working part-time who are experiencing barriers to employment) and underrepresented – individuals from disproportionately impacted areas, including a qualified census tract and experience one or more barriers to employment. See the QCT-DIA map.  

How much will I have to pay and when will I be billed?
This program is offered at no cost to you thanks to a DCEO Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) grant.

What are the minimum education requirements for these programs?
A High School diploma or GED is required to sit for the certification exams. Basic computer skills and intermediate English language fluency is also required.

Healthcare careers offer both.

Clinical Medical Assistants (CMAs) are critical members of healthcare teams in a variety of medical settings. As a CMA, you are often the first and last person a patient interacts with, making a lasting impact on the patient experience. CMAs are flexible, performing a variety of tasks such as:

  • Taking patient vital signs
  • Assisting providers with exams and procedures
  • Administering injections or medications
  • Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and other essential laboratory procedures
  • Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
  • Answering phone calls and questions
  • Updating and maintaining electronic health records (EHR)

FREE!* Value of $2,595

*Tuition is covered by grant funding for those who qualify based on income. Funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

This program prepares you to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). Certification voucher is included.

Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 5-7% growth in Clinical Medical Assistant by 2029.

Average starting salary range $36,995-$50,580* 
*Bureau of Labor Statistics midpoint to 90th percentile

Course Details


Career Outlook

Clinical Medical Assistant

Program Dates:

Thursdays, February 8 - May 16

Program Length

Certificate of Completion


15 weeks with:
2 hours of virtual instruction
8 hours of independent study per week
100% Virtual

Total Program Cost

You're looking for growth and flexibility.

Healthcare careers offer both.