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Petition Process

school of health education, veterinary technician, and paramedic programs

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
  • Paramedic and Paramedic Technician
  • Cosmetology also uses the petition process and additional information is available on the Cosmetology Petition Process webpage.

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-petition 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-petition 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. For a visual representation of the process review the Petition Flow Chart (PDF, 181 KB).

  • How are students selected?

    Selection for entry in to core courses will be determined based on successful completion of all petition requirements, 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-petition 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 within 45 calendar days of 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. As transfer credit, test scores, and grades are posted to your student record, your Degree Progress Report will be automatically updated to show your progress with the 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 petition within four years from the semester for which you were admitted. 


    fall 2017 Petition begins March 1, 2017

    The Fall 2017 term has begun and the petition form is no longer available for entry into the Fall 2017 term.


    Spring 2018 Petition begins August 15, 2017

    Petitioning for Spring 2018 program courses will begin August 15, 2017 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing
    • Dental Assistant
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Coding Specialist
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Therapeutic Massage

    The priority petition window will close September 1, 2017. Students that petition during the priority petition window (August 15, 2017 - September 1, 2017) will be considered first.

    Any programs that aren't full by the end of the priority petition window (September 1, 2017) will extend the petition form window until the program is full. This does not apply to Associate Degree Nursing; the deadline for this program will remain September 1, 2017.

    Only students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Spring 2018 term or prior will have access to petition for the Spring 2018 term.

    The following programs do not petition for spring terms:

    • Dental Hygienist
    • Medical Laboratory Technician
    • Medical Laboratory Technician Accelerated
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Optometric Technician
    • Radiography
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Surgical Technologist
    • Veterinary Technician
       

    The following programs do not use the petition process for entry into Spring 2018:

    • Nursing Completion LPN to ADN
    • Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN
    • Optometric Technician Online
    • Paramedic
    • Paramedic Technician

    Summer 2018 Petition begins January 25, 2018

    Petitioning for Summer 2018 program courses will begin January 25, 2018 for the following programs:

    • Dental Assistant

    The priority petition window will close end of day February 8, 2018. Students who petition during the priority petition window (January 25, 2018 - February 8, 2018) will be considered first.

    The petition form for all other programs will remain open until each program reaches capacity.

    Only students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Summer 2018 term or prior will have access to petition for the Summer 2018 term.

    The Dental Assistant program is the only School of Health Education program that petitions for the summer term. The Paramedic Programs also do not petition for summer terms.

    The following School of Health Education programs do not use the petition process:

    • Optometric Technician Online

    Fall 2018 Petition begins March 1, 2018

    Petitioning for Fall 2018 program courses will begin March 1, 2018 for the following programs:

    • Associate Degree Nursing
    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Hygienist
    • 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
    • Optometric Technician
    • Paramedic
    • Paramedic Technician
    • Radiography
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Surgical Technologist
    • Therapeutic Massage
    • Veterinary Technician

    The priority petition window will close end of day March 15, 2018. Students who petition during the priority petition window (March 1, 2018 - March 15, 2018) will be considered first.

    The petition form for all other programs will remain open until each program reaches capacity.

    Only students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2018 term or prior will have access to petition for the Fall 2018 term.

    The following program(s) do not petition for fall terms:

    • Physical Therapist Assistant
       

    The following School of Health Education programs do not use the petition process:

    • Optometric Technician Online
  • How do I submit the petition form?

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

    1. Log into the myMadisonCollege Classic Portal
    2. Click the "Student Center" icon.
    3. Click on the drop down arrow for "Other Academic"
    4. Select “Petition for Program”
    5. Click on the circle with ">>"
    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 a letter outlining their next steps 45 calendar 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-petition 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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