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.
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.
Medical Assistant program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax; classes are offered 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
- Pharmacy Aide
- EKG Technician
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a:
- Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Office Manager
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Program Handbook (pdf)
The Madison Area Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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 SemesterSecond Semester
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
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started on the admission process
- Visit Us to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses
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.
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.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
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.
After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.
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 2018 cohort year on the 2020 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 94.55% for the admission cohort in 2018.
The medical assisting program at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI) has an exam pass rate of 87% for the graduates in 2018.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 64 42 38 Number of Surveys Sent 64 41 38 Number of Surveys Returned 49 32 23 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 42 27 20 Percent Available for Employment 93.3% 96.4% 87.0% Not in Labor Market 7 5 2 Percent Not in Labor Market 15.6% 17.9% 8.7% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 40 25 18 Percent of Graduates Employed 95.2% 92.6% 90.0% Employed in Related Occupation 36 23 16 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 90.0% 92.0% 88.9% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 2 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 10.0% 8.0% 11.1% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 2 2 2 Percent Seeking Employment 4.8% 7.4% 10.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.9 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 45 28 23 Very Satisfied (4) 30 25 17 Percent Very Satisfied 66.7% 89.3% 73.9% Satisfied (3) 14 3 6 Percent Satisfied 31.1% 10.7% 26.1% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.2% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 49 32 23 Preparation for Getting a Job 19 7 10 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 38.8% 21.9% 43.5% Career Change 15 15 8 Percent Career Change 30.6% 46.9% 34.8% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 2.0% 0.0% 4.3% Preparation for Further Education 11 8 2 Percent Preparation for Further Education 22.4% 25.0% 8.7% Personal Interest 3 1 2 Percent Personal Interest 6.1% 3.1% 8.7% Other 0 1 0 Percent Other 0.0% 3.1% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 40 25 18 Before Enrollment 4 2 3 Percent Before Enrollment 10.0% 8.0% 16.7% While Attending the College 3 3 0 Percent While Attending the College 7.5% 12.0% 0.0% After Training at the College 33 20 15 Percent After Training at the College 82.5% 80.0% 83.3% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 40 25 19 In College District 31 21 11 Percent In College District 77.5% 84.0% 57.9% In Wisconsin, Not in District 8 4 7 Percent of In Wisconsin 20.0% 16.0% 36.8% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 2.5% 0.0% 5.3% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 31 21 10 Average Monthly Wage $2,696 $2,762 $3,009 Average Hourly Wage $15.67 $16.06 $17.50 Average Work Hours per Week 39.0 39.8 39.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 2 5 Average Hourly Wage $14.86 $17.38 $16.78 Average Work Hours per Week 28.3 32.0 27.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Divine Savior Healthcare Medical Assistant Portage GT Independence Caregiver Milwaukee Madison College Clinical Coordinator Mercy Health System Medical Assistant Janesville Meriter Medical Assistant DeForest Randolph Community Clinic Medical Assistant Randolph Unity Point Health-Meriter Medical Assistant UW Health Clinic Medical Assistant Sun Prairie UW Health Digestive Health Center Medical Assistant UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Assistant 2 UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Assistant Windsor UW Medical Foundation Medical Assistant Wildwood Family Clinic Medical Assistant
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