Petition Process

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 most School of Health and School of Nursing programs, and for the Animation and Interior Design programs.

After being admitted in a pre-program status, students are selected for entry into core program courses by completing the Petition Requirements and petitioning for their program.

Step 1 - Apply: Complete the Admission process and be admitted in a pre-program status. See the Admission tab on your program's webpage for information on the admission process. Admission Requirements vary by program.

Step 2 - Requirements: After you have been admitted into a pre-program status (Step 1), complete all of the Petition Requirements for your 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 and which requirements need to be satisfied.

Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

  • 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
  • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after Step 1 is complete

Step 3 - Petition: After you have completed all of the Petition Requirements for your program (Step 2), submit the petition form to be considered for entry into the core program courses. The petition process happens once or twice per year, depending on your program (see the When do I Petition? section below). At the point of petitioning, you will have completed all of the Petition Requirements for your program and be ready to enter the core program courses.

The information below includes more detail about petitioning. 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.

    • Animation - Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 2 years
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • Interior Design – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 1-2 years
    • 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 – Accelerated – Petition process occurs once a year, no current estimated wait time
    • 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
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 1-2 years
    • Practical Nursing – Petition process occurs each semester, excluding summer, estimated wait time 1-3 semesters
    • Radiography – Petition process occurs once a year, estimated wait time 4-5 years (estimate is subject to change)
    • Respiratory Therapy – 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

    *Note: Application completion dates do not transfer between programs. Please see "How are students selected?" for more information about how completion dates impact entry into core courses.

  • 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. Application completion dates do not transfer between programs.

    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 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. If your Degree Progress Report does not show that you have completed or are in-progress with all petition requirements, then you will not be eligible to submit the petition form.

    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. 

     

  • How is my student record updated?

    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 a petition requirement shows as not satisfied on the Degree Progress Report and you believe you have completed this requirement through previous coursework at another institution, please complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form to have your transcript(s) reviewed. If you have not already submitted an official college transcript from that institution, please submit this for evaluation. To allow for processing time, you will need to submit the transfer credit evaluation form and transcript(s) 15 days prior to the opening of the priority petition window. It is important to note that any additional documentation submitted to complete petition requirements can take up to a week to update on your record.

    If you complete the petition workshop or testing at Madison College, it is important to note that it can take approximately 48 hours to update on your record.

  • 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. 


    Summer 2021 Petition begins February 1, 2021

    Petitioning for Summer 2021 program courses will begin February 1, 2021 for the following programs:

    • Dental Assistant -- petition window closed on May 15, 2021
    • Medical Laboratory Technician - Accelerated -- petition window closed on July 25, 2021
       

    The priority petition window closed February 15, 2021. 

    Any program that was not full by the end of the priority petition window (February 15, 2021) will extend the window until the program is full.

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

    Programs not listed above do not petition for summer terms.

     


    Fall 2021 Petition begins April 1, 2021

    Petitioning for Fall 2021 program courses will begin April 1, 2021 for the following programs:

    • Animation -- petition window closed on May 7, 2021
    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window closed on April 15, 2021 
    • Dental Hygienist -- petition window closed on April 15, 2021 
    • Interior Design
    • Medical Assistant -- petition window closed on July 25, 2021
    • Medical Coding Specialist 
    • Nursing Completion LPN to ADN -- petition window closed on April 28, 2021
    • Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN -- petition window closed on April 28, 2021
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant 
    • Practical Nursing -- petition window closed on April 28, 2021
    • Radiography -- petition window closed on April 15, 2021 
    • Respiratory Therapy -- petition window closed on May 27, 2021
    • Surgical Technologist -- petition window closed on April 15, 2021 
    • Veterinary Technician -- petition window closed on April 23, 2021
       

    The priority petition window closed end of day April 15, 2021 for all programs except Dental Assistant. 

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window 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, 2021.

    Petitioning for Fall 2021 program courses will begin June 1, 2021 for the following program:

    • Dental Assistant -- petition window closed on June 15, 2021 
       

    The priority petition window for Dental Assistant closed end of day June 15, 2021. Students who petition during the priority petition window (June 1, 2021 - June 15, 2021) will be considered first.

    If the Dental Assistant program is not full by the end of the priority petition window (June 15, 2021) the window will extend until the program is full.

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

    Programs not listed above do not petition for fall terms.


    Spring 2022 Petition begins September 1, 2021

    Petitioning for Spring 2022 program courses will begin September 1, 2021 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window will close on September 15, 2021
    • Dental Assistant     
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Coding Specialist
    • Practical Nursing


    The priority petition window will close end of day September 15, 2021. Students who petition during the priority petition window (September 1, 2021 – September 15, 2021) will be considered first.

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window (September 15, 2021) 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, 2021.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Spring 2022 term or prior will have access to petition for the Spring 2022 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for spring terms.


    Summer 2022 Petition begins February 1, 2022

    Petitioning for Summer 2022 program courses will begin February 1, 2022 for the following programs:

    • Dental Assistant
    • Medical Laboratory Technician - Accelerated 
       

    The priority petition window will close end of day February 15, 2022. 

    Any program that is not full by the end of the priority petition window (February 15, 2022) will extend the window until the program is full.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Summer 2022 term or prior will have access to petition for the Summer 2022 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for summer terms.


    Fall 2022 Petition begins April 1, 2022

    Petitioning for Fall 2022 program courses will begin April 1, 2022 for the following programs:

    • Animation
    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window will close on April 15, 2022 
    • Dental Hygienist -- petition window will close on April 15, 2022 
    • Interior Design
    • Medical Assistant 
    • Medical Coding Specialist 
    • Nursing Completion LPN to ADN 
    • Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN 
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant 
    • Practical Nursing 
    • Radiography -- petition window will close on April 15, 2022
    • Respiratory Therapy 
    • Surgical Technologist 
    • Veterinary Technician 
       

    The priority petition window will close end of day April 15, 2022 for all programs except Dental Assistant. 

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window 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, 2022.

    Petitioning for Fall 2022 program courses will begin June 1, 2022 for the following program:

    • Dental Assistant
       

    The priority petition window for Dental Assistant will close end of day June 15, 2022. Students who petition during the priority petition window (June 1, 2022 - June 15, 2022) will be considered first.

    If the Dental Assistant program is not full by the end of the priority petition window (June 15, 2022) the window will extend until the program is full.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Fall 2022 term or prior will have access to petition for the Fall 2022 term.

    Programs not listed above do not petition for fall terms.


    Spring 2023 Petition begins September 1, 2022

    Petitioning for Spring 2023 program courses will begin September 1, 2022 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing -- petition window will close on September 15, 2022
    • Dental Assistant     
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Coding Specialist
    • Practical Nursing


    The priority petition window will close end of day September 15, 2022. Students who petition during the priority petition window (September 1, 2022 – September 15, 2022) will be considered first.

    Any programs that are not full by the end of the priority petition window (September 15, 2022) 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, 2022.

    Only students admitted into a pre-program status for the Spring 2023 term or prior will have access to petition for the Spring 2023 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 on "Communications"
    3. Click the "To Do's"
    4. Select the petition to do list item
    5. Click the petition form hyperlink in the description
    6. The petition form will open
    7. Answer all questions and review all information provided within the form
    8. Click the “Submit” Button
    9. 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 receive letter or email notification 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 Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session

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