Medical Assistant

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315091

Overview

The Medical Assistant program at Madison College is designed to teach you to do the work of a physician's office employee, from general office procedures to elementary medical laboratory techniques and helping in the exam room. Training includes placement in a local office/clinic during the final semester.

If you have a genuine interest in medicine and in helping people, this could be a great fit for you. 

Please note that after acceptance to this program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. More information about these requirements will be provided at program orientation.

Program Details

Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.

Medical Assistant students can attend full or part time.

Medical Assistant program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax; classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Madison - Goodman South Campus; beginning fall 2019, on a trimester schedule. Classes will be offered Monday through Friday, evenings. 

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Medical Assistant


Admission

To Apply

Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Medical Assistant Petition Requirements.

                 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020                    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021                                                         

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Medical Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Perform medical office administrative functions
  • Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws and patient rights
  • Perform medical laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
  • Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination immediately after graduation. 

In accordance with the policies of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Madison College submits data to measure outcomes for our program. Data is reported for 2016 cohort year on the 2018 MAERB Annual Report Form. Access to the full report is available upon request.

Program retention: 91.67 percent
Graduate satisfaction: 96.15 percent
Certification exam pass rate: 87.80 percent

Careers

Earning your Medical Assistant Technical Diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Claims Analyst
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Pharmacy Aide
  • Receptionist
  • EKG Technician

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a:

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Medical Transcriptionist

 

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    33
    Tuition
    $4504.50
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $865.92
    Other Costs
    $238.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $5608.42
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 42 47 64
    Number of Surveys Sent 42 47 64
    Number of Surveys Returned 30 35 49
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40% 74.50% 76.60%
    Available for Employment 26 26 42
    Percent Available for Employment 96.30% 83.90% 93.30%
    Not in Labor Market 4 9 7
    Percent Not in Labor Market 14.80% 29.00% 15.60%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 23 25 40
    Percent of Graduates Employed 88.50% 96.20% 95.20%
    Employed in Related Occupation 22 24 36
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 95.70% 96.00% 90.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 4
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4.30% 4.00% 10.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 3 1 2
    Percent Seeking Employment 11.50% 3.80% 4.80%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.9 3.6 3.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 27 31 45
    Very Satisfied 23 18 30
    Percent Very Satisfied 85.20% 58.10% 66.70%
    Satisfied 4 13 14
    Percent Satisfied 14.80% 41.90% 31.10%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 2.20%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 30 35 49
    Preparation for Getting a Job 18 11 19
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 60.00% 31.40% 38.80%
    Career Change 4 12 15
    Percent Career Change 13.30% 34.30% 30.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 2.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 5 10 11
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.70% 28.60% 22.40%
    Personal Interest 3 2 3
    Percent Personal Interest 10.00% 5.70% 6.10%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 23 25 40
    Before Enrollment 1 0 4
    Percent Before Enrollment 4.30% 0.00% 10.00%
    While Attending the College 5 3 3
    Percent While Attending the College 21.70% 12.00% 7.50%
    After Training at the College 17 22 33
    Percent After Training at the College 73.90% 88.00% 82.50%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 23 25 40
    In College District 19 19 31
    Percent In College District 82.60% 76.00% 77.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 6 8
    Percent of In Wisconsin 13.00% 24.00% 20.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 1
    Percent Location Unknown 4.30% 0.00% 2.50%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 17 31
    Average Monthly Wage $2,603 $2,732 $2,696
    Average Hourly Wage $15.13 $15.88 $15.67
    Average Work Hours per Week 38.7 39.6 39
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 7 4 3
    Average Hourly Wage $15.80 $20.23 $14.86
    Average Work Hours per Week 23.8 25.5 28.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 127 1,013
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 64 500
    Total Jobs 191 1,513
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Access Community Health Center Certified Medical Assistant
    American Family Children's Hospital Medical Assistant
    Beaver Dam Community Hospital Medical Assistant Beaver Dam
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Certified Medical Assistant Fort Atkinson
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Medical Assistant Jefferson
    Mercy Health System Certified Medical Assistant Janesville
    Mile Bluff Medical Center Certified Medical Assistant Mauston
    Physicians For Women Certified Medical Assistant Fitchburg
    Prairie Clinic SC Certified Medical Assistant Sauk City
    Reedsburg Area Medical Center Medical Assistant Reedsburg
    SSM Health Dean Medical Group Medical Assistant
    SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Medical Assistant
    UW Health Arboretum Clinic Medical Assistant
    UW Health at the American Center Medical Assistant
    UW Health Clinic Certified Medical Assistant 6
    UW Health Clinic Medical Assistant 2
    UW Health Digestive Health Center Medical Assistant
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant 3
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant Monona
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Certified Medical Assistant Windsor
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Assistant 2
    UW Health Union Corners Clinic Certified Medical Assistant
    UW Health West Clinic Certified Medical Assistant
    UW Health West Clinic Medical Assistant 2

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu

Resources

The Madison Area Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ,CAAHEP, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.