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Office Assistant
Program Number: 311061
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
32 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    The Office Assistant program at Madison College will teach you the latest technology and software and the customer service skills needed for work as an office employee. Our instructors are here to help you every step of the way.

    This program may be used to help you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) computer certifications.

    Program Details

    Students in the Office Assistant Diploma program can attend full or part-time.

    The Office Assistant classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.


    Office Assistant embedded technical diploma graduates are ready for a range of professional positions, including:

    • Administrative Services Coordinator
    • Customer Service Associate
    • Office Assistant
    • Program Assistant
    • Receptionist-Data Entry
    • Secretarial Assistant
    • Word Processor
    Get prepared for a range of jobs
  • 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
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2024

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.


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  • Career Outcomes

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

    • Manage an office effectively and efficiently.
    • Communicate clearly and professionally.
    • Recognize professional values and exhibit professional behaviors in the work environment.
    • Use appropriate technology and technical skills to manage information and solve problems.
    • Exhibit interpersonal skills and attitudes for working in an office environment.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates162217
      Number of Surveys Sent162217
      Number of Surveys Returned2196
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment252
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%50.00%66.70%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%140.00%133.30%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed242
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%80.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation041
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation0.00%100.00%50.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation201
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation100.00%0.00%50.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment010
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%20.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)43.63.3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses293
      Very Satisfied (4)251
      Percent Very Satisfied100.00%55.60%33.30%
      Satisfied (3)042
      Percent Satisfied0.00%44.40%66.70%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses2196
      Preparation for Getting a Job141
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%21.10%16.70%
      Career Change111
      Percent Career Change50.00%5.30%16.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills030
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%15.80%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education0113
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%57.90%50.00%
      Personal Interest001
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses242
      Before Enrollment020
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%50.00%0.00%
      While Attending the College220
      Percent While Attending the College100.00%50.00%0.00%
      After Training at the College002
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%0.00%100.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses242
      In College District222
      Percent In College District100.00%50.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin020
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%50.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count41
      Average Monthly Wage$4,212$2,709
      Average Hourly Wage$24.49$15.75
      Average Work Hours per Week4040
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Watertown Regional Medical CenterClinical AssistantWatertown

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