Program Waitlists

Madison College programs have varying capacity levels and semester offerings. Some programs use a petition process, have a waiting list, or serve students on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited capacity. 

The Limited Capacity Program list reflects recent application trends, not the current status for a particular program. After application completion, applicants will be notified if they are admitted onto a waiting list, into a pre-program status, or directly into the program based on the number of qualified applicants. Application completion dates do not transfer between programs.

Limited Capacity Programs

The following programs use a petition process:
Associate Degree Nursing (R.N.)
Dental Assistant
Interior Design
Medical Assistant
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Laboratory Technician
 - Accelerated
Nursing Completion LPN to ADN
Nursing Completion Paramedic to ADN
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Practical Nursing
Respiratory Therapy
Surgical Technologist
Veterinary Technician

The following programs accept district residents only:
Associate Degree Nursing (R.N.)
Dental Hygienist
Nursing Completion LPN to ADN

The following programs most likely have a waitlist:
IT-Cybersecurity Specialist

Class capacity is limited for the following programs and is available on a first come, first served basis:
Baking & Decorative Arts
Medical Laboratory Technician (traditional)
Metal Fabrication
Optometric Technician
Paramedic Technician

Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10, programs with a capacity limit have residency requirements. For program-specific requirements and admission-related questions, visit the program's admission requirements web page or contact the Enrollment Services.

Waitlist Acceptance Process

Qualified applicants are accepted into limited-enrollment programs on a first-come, first-served basis and are admitted from program waitlists as space becomes available. Applicants are expected to be prepared to begin their program anytime after the term for which they applied. Applicants may be informed of an estimated term start. However, this date is not guaranteed.

One-Time Deferment: Applicants who are notified of admittance into a program before July 15 for Fall or before November 1 for Spring must begin the program the upcoming term start. Otherwise, they will need to reapply. If the applicant is notified of admittance after July 15 for the Fall or after November 1 for the Spring, and the applicant is unable to begin the upcoming term start, a one-time deferment for the next intake term may be requested.

For additional assistance regarding program waitlists, please email