Maria Nieto Medical Assistant

Maria Nieto, Medical Assistant
Greater Elgin Family Care Center

An interest in both medicine and helping people led Maria Nieto to her job as a medical assistant at the Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

Representatives from the center will be on hand to talk about positions like Nieto’s, as well as many other medical related jobs at the U-46 curriculum and career expo Saturday, October 14 at Elgin Community College.


Medical assistants are responsible for a wide variety of duties at Greater Elgin, providing patient care and follow-up and assisting healthcare providers by taking a patient’s vitals before an examination. It’s a job that requires a good attention to detail and the ability to multi-task, Nieto says, and one that helps keep a medical practice running smoothly.


Nieto, a 2011 Elgin High School graduate, has been at GEFCC for two years, and it’s a great match.


“It’s not even like work, I love what I do,” she said.


Greater Elgin Family Care Center operates 10 facilities across the region, and provides affordable medical, dental and psychiatric care, especially for people who do not have insurance or those on Medicaid.

The centers have a wide variety of jobs available, from medical doctors to medical support like nurses or physician assistants or medical assistant, to office and support staff.


Nieto’s job requires a degree from an accredited program. She earned hers after two years at the Lincoln College of Technology in Melrose Park. She is still in school, studying at the College of DuPage, and plans on becoming a registered nurse.