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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:
31 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 2024-2025 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
    1 credit
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 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

    Fall 2024

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

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    Summer 2025

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2025

    Fall 2025

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2025

    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 Graduates11
      Number of Surveys Sent11
      Number of Surveys Returned11
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment9
      Percent Available for Employment81.8%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market18.2%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed8
      Percent of Graduates Employed88.9%
      Employed in Related Occupation6
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.0%
      Employed - No Response0
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%
      Seeking Employment1
      Percent Seeking Employment11.1%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses10
      Very Satisfied (4)7
      Percent Very Satisfied70.0%
      Satisfied (3)3
      Percent Satisfied30.0%
      Unsatisfied (2)0
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses11
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses8
      Before Enrollment2
      Percent Before Enrollment25.0%
      While Attending the College3
      Percent While Attending the College37.5%
      After Training at the College3
      Percent After Training at the College37.5%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses8
      In College District7
      Percent In College District87.5%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District1
      Percent of In Wisconsin12.5%
      Outside of Wisconsin0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown0
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend2023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count3
      Average Monthly Wage$3,555
      Average Hourly Wage$20.67
      Average Work Hours per Week39.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Grace Bible ChurchAdministrative AssistantPortage
      Jani-King InternationalBrand Services
      State of WisconsinIS Data Resource Technician
      Village of DeforestCustomer Service SpecialistDeForest

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