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Medical Assistant
Recent Graduates
There are 35 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
Student Satisfaction
96% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $36,780.

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Medical Assistant
Program Number: 315091
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
33 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$4,733.85 Tuition
$723.23 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$238.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    The Medical Assistant program at Madison College is designed to teach you to do the work of a physician's office employee, from general office procedures to elementary medical laboratory techniques and helping in the exam room. Training includes placement in a local office/clinic during the final semester.

    If you have a genuine interest in medicine and in helping people, this could be a great fit for you.

    Please note that after acceptance to this program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. More information about these requirements will be provided at program orientation.

    Program Details

    Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

    Medical Assistant students can attend full- or part-time. See full-time curriculum by expanding the Curriculum and Experience below.

    Medical Assistant program classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m


    Earning your Medical Assistant Technical Diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Medical Assistant
    • Claims Analyst
    • Medical Records Clerk
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Phlebotomist
    • Pharmacy Aide
    • Receptionist
    • EKG Technician

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a:

    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Medical Office Manager
    • Medical Transcriptionist



    The Madison Area Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, CAAHEP, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727.210.2350.

    In-Demand Career
    Medical Assisting is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits

    Exciting careers in health sciences are waiting for you at Madison College.

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  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
      • There is no current estimated wait time between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
      • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

      Fall 2023 and Spring 2024      

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Career Outcomes

      After completing the Medical Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

      • Perform medical office administrative functions
      • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights
      • Perform medical laboratory procedures
      • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
      • Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting

      Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination immediately after graduation.

      In accordance with the policies of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Madison College submits data to measure outcomes for our program. Data is reported for 2019 cohort year on the 2021 MAERB Annual Report Form. Access to the full report is available upon request.

      The medical assisting program at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI) has a retention rate of 89.19% for the admission cohort in 2019.

      The medical assisting program at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI) has an exam pass rate of 78.12% for the graduates in 2019.

      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        2019 2020 2021
        Number of Program Graduates 42 38 35
        Number of Surveys Sent 41 38 35
        Number of Surveys Returned 32 23 29
        Percent of Surveys Returned 78.00% 60.50% 82.90%
        Available for Employment 27 20 22
        Percent Available for Employment 96.40% 87.00% 78.60%
        Not in Labor Market 5 2 6
        Percent Not in Labor Market 17.90% 8.70% 21.40%
        Available for Employment

        2019 2020 2021
        Graduates Employed 25 18 20
        Percent of Graduates Employed 92.60% 90.00% 90.90%
        Employed in Related Occupation 23 16 18
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation 92.00% 88.90% 90.00%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 2
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8.00% 11.10% 10.00%
        Employed - No Response 0 0 0
        Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
        Seeking Employment 2 2 2
        Percent Seeking Employment 7.40% 10.00% 9.10%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        2019 2020 2021
        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.9 3.7 3.8
        Number of Satisfaction Responses 28 23 27
        Very Satisfied (4) 25 17 23
        Percent Very Satisfied 89.30% 73.90% 85.20%
        Satisfied (3) 3 6 3
        Percent Satisfied 10.70% 26.10% 11.10%
        Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1
        Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 3.70%
        Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
        Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        2019 2020 2021
        Number of Primary Reason Responses 32 23 28
        Preparation for Getting a Job 7 10 12
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 21.90% 43.50% 42.90%
        Career Change 15 8 7
        Percent Career Change 46.90% 34.80% 25.00%
        Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 2
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 4.30% 7.10%
        Preparation for Further Education 8 2 5
        Percent Preparation for Further Education 25.00% 8.70% 17.90%
        Personal Interest 1 2 2
        Percent Personal Interest 3.10% 8.70% 7.10%
        Other 1 0 0
        Percent Other 3.10% 0.00% 0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        2019 2020 2021
        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 25 18 20
        Before Enrollment 2 3 0
        Percent Before Enrollment 8.00% 16.70% 0.00%
        While Attending the College 3 0 1
        Percent While Attending the College 12.00% 0.00% 5.00%
        After Training at the College 20 15 19
        Percent After Training at the College 80.00% 83.30% 95.00%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        2019 2020 2021
        Number of Employment Location Responses 25 19 21
        In College District 21 11 16
        Percent In College District 84.00% 57.90% 76.20%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District 4 7 4
        Percent of In Wisconsin 16.00% 36.80% 19.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
        Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
        Employer Location Unknown 0 1 1
        Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 5.30% 4.80%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
        Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 21 10 13
        Average Monthly Wage $2,762 $3,009 $3,065
        Average Hourly Wage $16.06 $17.50 $17.82
        Average Work Hours per Week 39.8 39.1 40.1
        Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 5 4
        Average Hourly Wage $17.38 $16.78 $18.76
        Average Work Hours per Week 32 27 29.6
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
        Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
        Access Community Health Center Medical Assistant
        Advanced Pain Treatment Medical Assistant
        Associated Physicians Certified Medical Assistant
        Group Health Cooperative Medical Assistant
        Oak Park Place of Baraboo Certified Nursing Assistant Baraboo
        Promega Corporation Certified Medical Assistant Fitchburg
        SSM Health Medical Assistant 2
        SSM Health Certified Medical Assistant
        UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Medical Assistant Windsor 2
        UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Medical Assistant 3
        UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant
        UW Health Wound & Burn Clinic Medical Assistant
        Wildwood Family Clinic Certified Medical Assistant

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