First Institute Inc

790 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake, IL

Founded in 1982, First Institute has been offering exciting new career paths to the residents of Northern Illinois in Travel, Computer Technologies and Health Care. Our Nationally Accredited Programs have trained nearly 3,000 men and women to become employed in the Travel Industry, Computer Technology Industries and the Healthcare Industry, currently in such fields as Medical Assisting, Massage Therapy and Dental Assisting.

At First Institute, we provide students the personalized attention required to get those skills. Our knowledgeable staff is equipped to educate and instruct a diverse student body, guiding them towards a successful and fulfilling career.

First Institute firmly believes that a close relationship between the real and theoretical leads to a greater learning experience, and our programs all integrate theory and practice. Students learn through the comprehensive, hands-on training and graduate with a well-rounded understanding of their chosen field. The objectives of First Institute for our students and graduates are to provide them with advanced skills, in-depth knowledge and job placement assistance. Although First Institute has greatly evolved over the years, one thing has always remained constant - we are totally committed to exceed our students' expectations.

First Institute is also responsible for ensuring that all funds (tuitions, refunds, etc.) are accountable and are reviewed and audited each year, and that we not only adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education, but also those of ACCET and the United States Department of Education.

Programs Offered

Massage Therapy:
Graduates as Massage Therapists learn how to manage a massage practice. To examine methods of assessing musculoskeletal clinical pathologies and present massage treatment methods and techniques that address disorders of the neck, back, elbow, knee, sciatic nerve, and shoulder, plus carpal and tarsal tunnel syndromes. All massage therapy students will gain practical experience through our externship program.

Medical Assisting:
Graduates as Medical Assistants will have the skills necessary to aid the physician and other medical personnel as they examine and treat patients. All medical assisting students will gain practical experience through our externship program.

Dental Assisting:
Dental Assistants perform a variety of duties in a dental office. In the front office, they may schedule and confirm appointments, welcome patients to the office, send bills, process payments, and inventory supplies. Dental Assistants also assist the dentist during the examination and treatment of patients. All dental assisting students will gain practical experience through our externship program.


First Institute is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).


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  • Phone: (815) 459-3500

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