First Institute

First Institute was established in 1982.  At First Institute, student can acquire the necessary skills to embark on a professional career in various fields.

Through training in a fully functioning dental laboratory, you can develop expertise in administrative procedures, dental records, oral health, lab procedures, anatomy, dental specialties, chair-side assisting, coronal polishing, dental radiology, and more.

In the medical assisting field, First Institute offers online classes complemented by hands-on training in areas such as anatomy, medical terminology, billing and coding, clinical procedures, office administration, and lab procedures. Career seekers can also complete a 160-hour externship in a medical office setting to gain practical experience.

First Institute provides flexible day and evening class options to accommodate busy adult learners, and financial aid is available for eligible students.

The Career Services Department offers ongoing career placement assistance to all graduates.

Programs & Courses


  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

Crystal Lake

  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting


  • Medical Assisting

Campus Locations

Crystal Lake 790 McHenry Ave Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Libertyville 1139 S Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, IL 60048

Chicago 405 N. Eola Road, Suite C Aurora, IL 60502

Financial Aid Services

Students can cover tuition with federal loans and grants. Payment plans through the school are also an option. Student loan exit counseling is part of the process.

Career Services

A Career Services Department is available to help you with job search strategies, interviewing and networking. The school maintains contacts with local employers to facilitate possible job placements.

Veteran and Military Services

A very wide range of options for veterans are available such as MGIB & MGIB-SR, GI Bill, REAP, DEA, National Guard Tuition Assistance and MyCAA.