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Medical Assistant
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There are 40 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
Work Local
95% of our recent graduates work in Wisconsin.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $38,664.

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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:
28 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • 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-time. See full-time curriculum by expanding the Curriculum and Experience below. If you are interested in a part-time option, please contact Program Director, Rachel Otremba at 608.243.4193 or

    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 2023-2024 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
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits

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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 are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program 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:

      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
      • 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

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

      Fall 2023 and Spring 2024      

      Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

      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 2020 cohort year on the 2022 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 85% for the admission cohort in 2020.

      The medical assisting program at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI) has an exam pass rate of 87.5% for the graduates in 2020.

      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        Number of Program Graduates383540
        Number of Surveys Sent383540
        Number of Surveys Returned232934
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment202231
        Percent Available for Employment87.00%78.60%93.90%
        Not in Labor Market
        Percent Not in Labor Market8.70%21.40%9.10%
        Available for Employment

        Graduates Employed182031
        Percent of Graduates Employed90.00%90.90%100.00%
        Employed in Related Occupation161829
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation88.90%90.00%93.50%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation222
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation11.10%10.00%6.50%
        Employed - No Response000
        Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Seeking Employment220
        Percent Seeking Employment10.00%9.10%0.00%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
        Number of Satisfaction Responses232733
        Very Satisfied (4)172320
        Percent Very Satisfied73.90%85.20%60.60%
        Satisfied (3)6312
        Percent Satisfied26.10%11.10%36.40%
        Unsatisfied (2)010
        Percent Unsatisfied0.00%3.70%0.00%
        Very Unsatisfed (1)001
        Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%3.00%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        Number of Primary Reason Responses232834
        Preparation for Getting a Job10128
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job43.50%42.90%23.50%
        Career Change8719
        Percent Career Change34.80%25.00%55.90%
        Improvement of Existing Skills121
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills4.30%7.10%2.90%
        Preparation for Further Education255
        Percent Preparation for Further Education8.70%17.90%14.70%
        Personal Interest221
        Percent Personal Interest8.70%7.10%2.90%
        Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses182031
        Before Enrollment303
        Percent Before Enrollment16.70%0.00%9.70%
        While Attending the College0112
        Percent While Attending the College0.00%5.00%38.70%
        After Training at the College151916
        Percent After Training at the College83.30%95.00%51.60%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        Number of Employment Location Responses121720
        In College District111620
        Percent In College District91.70%94.10%100.00%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District000
        Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin000
        Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Employer Location Unknown110
        Percent Location Unknown8.30%5.90%0.00%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend202020212022
        Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count101317
        Average Monthly Wage$3,009$3,065$3,222
        Average Hourly Wage$17.50$17.82$18.74
        Average Work Hours per Week39.140.139.2
        Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count549
        Average Hourly Wage$16.78$18.76$18.79
        Average Work Hours per Week2729.628.4
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
        Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
        Bellin HospitalMedical AssistantGreen Bay
        Group Health CooperativeMedical AssistantFitchburg
        Meriter HospitalCertified Medical Assistant
        Mile Bluff Medical CenterCertified Medical AssistantMauston
        SSM Dean HealthCertified Medical AssistantJanesville
        SSM Fond du Lac Regional ClinicMedical AssistantWaupun
        SSM Fond du Lac Regional ClinicCertified Medical Assistant FloaterFond du Lac
        SSM Fond du Lac Regional ClinicCertified Medical AssistantFond du Lac
        SSM Fond du Lac Regional ClinicMedical AssistantFond du Lac
        SSM HealthCertified Medical Assistant
        SSM HealthMedical Assistant2
        SSM HealthCertified Medical AssistantMonroe
        SSM HealthMedical AssistantMonroe
        SSM HealthLeft BlankMonroe
        St Clare Hospital & Health ServicesCertified Medical AssistantBaraboo
        St Mary's / Dean VenturesMedical Assistant
        St Mary's / Dean VenturesCertified Medical AssistantFort Atkinson
        Tivoli At Divine Savior HealthcareCertified Medical AssistantPortage
        Unity Point Health-MeriterMedical Assistant-Internal FloaterMonona
        UW HealthMedical Assistant
        UW HealthMedical AssistantBelleville
        UW Health Hospital & ClinicsMedical Assistant2
        UW Health Hospitals & ClinicsMedical Assistant2
        Wildwood Family ClinicCertified Medical Assistant
        Wildwood Family ClinicCertified Medical AssistantCottage Grove

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