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Bridge Programs

Bridge programs at Madison College can help you make a successful transition to college, while helping you refresh your skills for degree programs. Students in bridge programs complete the same required program coursework while receiving extra support in these pathway options.

The requirements for bridge programs include, but are not limited to:

• Taking the Course Placement Test
• Meeting with a transition specialist

Contact us with questions or fill out our interest form today to learn more about our bridge programs.

  • Biotech

    The Biotechnology Bridge program at Madison College will provide you the tools you need to begin your dream job working in a scientific laboratory in one year.

    The biotech program includes:

    • Introductory classes in math and science
    • Free academic support classes
    • A Biotechnology Laboratory Support diploma – recognized and demanded by biotech companies
    • 12 college credits in bioscience and chemistry, which significantly decrease the time needed to obtain an associate’s degree in biotechnology.


    Upon completion, you may choose to pursue studies in:

    • Enter a biotechnology laboratory technician associate’s program
    • A biotechnology baccalaureate program
  • Construction

    According to a recent graduate survey, the average entry-level annual pay range for construction/remodeling is $22,000 to $35,000 plus benefits. Earning potential in this field can reach $50,000 or more in three to five years.

    The Construction Essentials Bridge program provides students the opportunity to:

    • Review math, English and computer skills before beginning your first college course.
    • Complete the 6-credit Construction Essentials Certificate.
    • Take academic support classes in reading, writing and mathematics during your first semester of college.
    • Receive intensive academic and career advising support while you are enrolled in your first semester of college.
       

    The Construction Essentials Certificate consists of four courses:

    • Workplace Safety
    • Workplace Communication for Industry
    • Applied Math for Construction
    • Fundamentals of Construction
  • Industrial Maintenance

    On average, students who complete industrial maintenance advanced degrees at Madison College earn between $18.80/hour and $27.00/hour. Jobs in this field are in high demand, so enroll today.

    The Industrial Maintenance Bridge program will help you:

    • Build skills in technology, math and communication.
    • Complete the 7-credit Industrial Maintenance Essentials Certificate.
       

    Put the credits earned in your certificate towards an advanced degree, such as:

    • Industrial Maintenance Technician (two-year technical diploma)
    • Industrial Mechanic (one-year technical diploma)
    • Industrial Mechanic—HVAC (one-year technical diploma)
  • Hospitality

    The Hospitality Bridge program at Madison College provides you the chance to:

    • Review math, English, reading and computer skills before beginning your first college class.
    • Earn a 9-credit technical diploma as a Hospitality Assistant.
    • All credits count toward the one-year Hospitality Specialist technical diploma and/or the two-year Hospitality Management associate degree.
    • Receive intensive academic and career advising support.
       

    The Hospitality Assistant technical diploma consists of three courses:

    • Exploring Hospitality
    • Business Communication
    • Oral/Interpersonal Communication 
       

    With 9 credits, you can get a job as a:

    • Concierge
    • Host or Hostess
    • Front Desk
    • Housekeeping
    • Maintenance
    • Shuttle/Transportation
  • Administrative Professional

    Do you have an interest in becoming an administrative professional?

    The Administrative Professional Bridge program allows you the opportunity to:

    • Review math, English, reading and computer skills before beginning your first college class.
    • Receive intensive academic and career advising support.
    • Earn multiple credentials in three semesters.
       

    Build your administrative skills with these essential one-credit courses:

    • Outlook
    • Keyboard Skillbuilding
    • Customer Contact Skills
       

    Go on to earn multiple credentials:

    • Microsoft Office technical diploma
    • Office Assistant technical diploma
    • Administrative Professional associate degree
       

    With 13 credits, you can get a job as:

    • Word Processing Presentations Specialist
    • Office Clerk
    • Data Entry Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Specialist

    The Medical Administrative Specialist Bridge program provides you the opportunity to:

    • Review math, English, reading and computer skills before beginning your first college class.
    • Receive intensive academic and career advising support.
    • Earn multiple credentials in three semesters.
       

    Build your medical administrative skills at MATC with these essential courses:

    • Outlook (1 credit)
    • Keyboard Skillbuilding (1 credit)
    • Customer Contact Skills (1 credit)
    • Medical Language for the Business Professional 1 (2 credits)


    Go on to earn multiple credentials:

    • Healthcare Receptionist technical diploma
    • Medical Billing Specialist technical diploma
    • Medical Administrative Specialist associate degree


    With 21 credits, you can get a job as:

    • Medical Billing Specialist
    • Collections Analyst
    • Patient Account Services
    • Medical Receptionist
    • Medical Appointment Scheduler
    • Medical Customer Service Representative
  • Culinary Arts

    Are you interested in working in a professional kitchen?

    The Culinary Bridge program will give you the tools you need to work as a professional chef in less than one year.

    The Culinary Bridge prepares you with:

    • Introductory classes in reading, math, sanitation and food theory.
    • Free academic support classes.
    • An initial 14-credit diploma, which allows you to immediately enter the industry as a line cook or prep cook.
    • Ability to continue with a one-year Culinary Production Specialist technical diploma, which allows you to work as a sous chef or garde manager.
    • All courses are embedded within the two-year Culinary Arts associate degree.