Petition Process

School of Health Education 

The petition process is the method that students follow to tell Madison College when they are ready and prepared to move forward with the core program courses. This process is used for the following programs:

  • School of Health Education programs
    • Including Veterinary Technician
    • Excluding Optometric Technician Online, Optometric Technician (effective Fall 2019) and Therapeutic Massage (effective Spring 2019)

At the point of petitioning, students will have:

  • Completed the admissions process
  • Completed the program’s prerequisite requirements (varies by program)
  • Completed the course requirements (varies by program)
  • Completed the testing requirement (varies by program)
  • Attended a petition workshop (varies by program)

After being admitted in a pre-program status, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the petition process. Petition requirements vary by program. Students admitted into a pre-program status should run a Degree Progress Report to review the petition requirements and see which requirements they have completed. The information below outlines the petition process.

Students must petition and be accepted through this process before registering for core program courses.

  • What are the estimated wait times to get into programs?

    Below are estimated wait times for programs that follow the petition process. These estimates start at the time a student is accepted into a pre-program status. This estimate is subject to change due to the variable nature of students in the pre-program status and the number of students ready to petition each semester.

    It is important to note that only students who have completed or are in-progress with all requirements can petition to enter core program classes. Therefore, the number of times a student must petition may be dependent on when the student is complete with requirements.

    • Associate Degree Nursing – Petition process occurs each semester, excluding summer, estimated wait time 1-3 semesters, also subject to change due to program option (traditional, Paramedic-AD, or LPN-AD)
    • Nursing Completion LPN to ADN – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 0-1 years
    • Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 0-1 years
    • Dental Assistant – Petition process occurs each semester, including summer, estimated wait time 0-1 semesters
    • Dental Hygienist – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 4-5 years (estimate is subject to change)
    • Medical Assistant – Petition process occurs each semester, excluding summer, no current estimated wait time
    • Medical Coding Specialist – Petition process occurs each semester, excluding summer, estimated wait time 0-1 semesters
    • Medical Laboratory Technician – Petition process occurs once a year, no current estimated wait time
    • Medical Laboratory Technician – Accelerated – Petition process occurs once a year, no current estimated wait time
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 1-2 years
    • Practical Nursing – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 0-1 years
    • Radiography – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 4-5 years (estimate is subject to change)
    • Respiratory Therapist – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 0-1 years
    • Surgical Technologist – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 2-3 years (estimate is subject to change)
    • Veterinary Technician – Petition process occurs once a year, no current estimated wait time
    • Veterinary Technician – Hybrid – Petition process occurs once a year, no current estimated wait time
  • How are students selected?

    Selection for entry in to core courses will be determined based on successful completion of all petition requirements, admit term, residency priority and then date of program application completion.

    Petition requirements must be completed or be in-progress at the time of petition. Priority for entry into the core courses will be given to those candidates who have all requirements completed at the time of petitioning.

    • If all first-semester spaces are not filled by candidates with all petition requirements completed, the remaining petitioners will be reviewed and any open spots will be tentatively awarded to qualified petitioners who are in-progress with the remaining requirements.
    • The tentatively awarded spots will become permanent only after the candidate successfully completes the remaining in-progress requirements.

    Priority will be given to district residents, then non-district state residents, followed by out-of-state residents. Out-of-state residents and non-district state residents (including Minnesota residents) are not eligible for programs with application deadlines prior to January 1 for Fall and/or prior to May 1 for Spring.

    Students interested in beginning the core courses in the program must petition during specified petition dates. Only those students who have completed or are in-progress with all petition requirements should submit a petition. Students admitted into a pre-program status should run a Degree Progress Report to see which requirements they have completed. 

    Students will be notified if they are selected for entry into core courses approximately 15 business days after the close of the priority petition window. Students who are not selected are encouraged to petition again during a future petition window. All decisions regarding selection are final and cannot be appealed.

  • How will I know if I am ready to petition?

    Beginning core program courses in a School of Health Education program or in the Veterinary Technician program will require a full commitment. Successful students become immersed in their program of study and are not as readily available for other commitments. You should determine if this is the right time for you to begin the program based upon personal and financial commitments.

    Petition requirements vary by program. Students should run a Degree Progress Report to review the petition requirements and see which requirements they have completed. Applicants are responsible for submitting official high school transcripts, college transcripts, or test scores that demonstrate completion of the petition requirements. If your transcripts include a former first or last name, contact the Enrollment Center to minimize processing delays.

    As transfer credit, test scores, and grades are posted to your student record, your Degree Progress Report will automatically update to show your progress with petition requirements. You should run your Degree Progress Report to confirm which petition requirements you have completed. If your Degree Progress Report does not show that you have completed or are in-progress with all petition requirements, then you should not submit the petition form.

  • When do I petition?

    Only those students who have completed or are in-progress with all petition requirements should submit a petition. The petition process happens once or twice per year, depending on your program. You must be enrolled in the core program within four years from the semester for which you applied.


    Fall 2019 Petition begins April 1, 2019

    The Fall 2019 term has begun and the petition form is no longer available for entry into the Fall 2019 term.


    Spring 2020 Petition begins September 1, 2019

    Petitioning for Spring 2020 program courses will begin September 1, 2019 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window will close on September 15, 2019
    • Dental Assistant     
    • Medical Assistant -- petition window for Goodman South Campus closed on November 6, 2019, Truax campus remains open
    • Medical Coding Specialist
       

    The priority petition window will close end of day September 15, 2019. Students who petition during the priority petition window (September 1, 2019 – September 15, 2019) will be considered first.

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window (September 15, 2019) will extend the window until the program is full. This does not apply to Associate Degree Nursing; the deadline for this program will remain September 15, 2019.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Spring 2020 term or prior will have access to petition for the Spring 2020 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for spring terms.


    SUMMER 2020 Petition begins February 1, 2020

    Petitioning for Summer 2020 program courses will begin February 1, 2020 for the following program:

    • Dental Assistant 
       

    The priority petition window will close end of day February 15, 2020. Students who petition during the priority petition window (February 1, 2020 - February 15, 2020) will be considered first.

    If the Dental Assistant program is not full by the end of the priority petition window (February 15, 2020) the window will extend until the program is full.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Summer 2020 term or prior will have access to petition for the Summer 2020 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for summer terms.


    Fall 2020 Petition begins April 1, 2020

    Petitioning for Fall 2020 program courses will begin April 1, 2020 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window closed April 15, 2020
    • Dental Hygienist -- petition window closed April 15, 2020
    • Medical Assistant 
    • Medical Coding Specialist 
    • Medical Laboratory Technician 
    • Medical Laboratory Technician - Accelerated 
    • Nursing Completion LPN to ADN 
    • Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN 
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant 
    • Practical Nursing 
    • Radiography -- petition window closed April 15, 2020
    • Respiratory Therapist 
    • Surgical Technologist 
    • Veterinary Technician 
    • Veterinary Technician - Hybrid


    The priority petition window will close end of day April 15, 2020. Students who petition during the priority petition window (April 1, 2020 - April 15, 2020) will be considered first.

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window (April 15, 2020) will extend the window until the program is full. This does not apply to Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygienist and Radiography; the deadline for these programs will remain April 15, 2020.

    Petitioning for Fall 2020 program courses will begin June 1, 2020 for the following program:

    • Dental Assistant
       

    The priority petition window will close end of day June 15, 2020. Students who petition during the priority petition window (June 1, 2020 – June 15, 2020) will be considered first.

    If the Dental Assistant program is not full by the end of the priority petition window (June 15, 2020) the window will extend until the program is full.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Fall 2020 term or prior will have access to petition for the Fall 2020 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for fall terms.


    Spring 2021 Petition begins September 1, 2020

    Petitioning for Spring 2021 program courses will begin September 1, 2020 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window will close on September 15, 2020
    • Dental Assistant     
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Coding Specialist


    The priority petition window will close end of day September 15, 2020. Students who petition during the priority petition window (September 1, 2020 – September 15, 2020) will be considered first.

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window (September 15, 2020) will extend the window until the program is full. This does not apply to Associate Degree Nursing; the deadline for this program will remain September 15, 2020.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Spring 2021 term or prior will have access to petition for the Spring 2021 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for spring terms.

  • How do I submit the petition form?

    Students must petition to gain access to core program courses. Only students active in a pre-program status will have access to the Petition Form. To access the form:

    1. Log into the myMadisonCollege student center
    2. Click the "To Do's"
    3. Select the petition to do list item
    4. Click the petition form hyperlink in the description
    5. The petition form will open
    6. Answer all questions and review all information provided within the form
    7. Click the “Submit” Button
    8. Within an hour after submitting the form you will receive a confirmation message in your student center on myMadisonCollege. If you do not receive this confirmation message within 24 hours, you must contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or call (608) 246-6210.
  • What happens after I petition?

    Madison College will review the petition form that you submitted and make sure that you meet all of the petition requirements. Students will be sent a letter outlining their next steps approximately 15 business days after the close of the priority petition window. Students who are not selected will have the opportunity to petition during the next open petition window.

    Communications will be delivered to your Madison College email or your mailing address.

    If selected, you will receive instructions regarding next steps and required items. Failure to successfully complete these required items may result in the forfeiture of the awarded space and start the application process from the beginning. 

    Students that are awarded a seat are expected to start the core program courses for the awarded term. Students that choose not to begin the core program courses or are not able to begin core program courses may be discontinued from the pre-program status. 

  • How do I learn more?

    Students that are interested in having additional questions answered, meeting with an academic advisor, and/or understanding the next steps to complete in the petition process are encouraged to attend an Academic Information Session

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