Medical Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-509-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Medical Assistant Diploma


Enter the healthcare field with skills to perform various clinical, laboratory and administrative procedures. During the clinical practicum, you have an opportunity to acquire additional healthcare experience while performing a 176-hour unpaid externship held at partnering healthcare facilities. Graduates are eligible to register for American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) exam and qualify to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

The demand for Certified Medical Assistants continues to grow.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: For entry into the program, students are required to obtain certification through successful completion of the Basic Life Support CPR course for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association (AHA). A First Aid Training certificate is also a required prerequisite for entrance.

All Medical Assistant (MEDAST) courses must be completed within 18 months of starting the program’s technical courses.

For 2018, the MATC's Medical Assistant program has an average job placement rate of 82% with employers.


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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology * 3
HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare * 2
MEDAST-301 Medical Assistant Administrative Procedures ‡ 2
MEDAST-302 Human Body in Health and Disease ‡ 3
MEDAST-303 Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 1 ‡ 2
MEDAST-304 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 ‡ 4
MEDAST-309 Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism 2
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
HEALTH-308 Pharmacology for Allied Health ‡ 2
MEDAST-305 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 2 ‡ 2
MEDAST-306 Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 2 ‡ ** 3
MEDAST-307 Medical Office Insurance and Finance ‡ 2
MEDAST-310 Medical Assistant Practicum ‡ ** 3



‡ Prerequisite required.
* May be taken prior to entering the program.
** MEDAST-306 and MEDAST-310 must be taken in the same semester.

All MEDAST courses must be completed within 18 months of starting technical courses in the program.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in March

Spring start: Petition for program in October

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • 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

Career Outlook

The demand for Certified Medical Assistants continues to grow. Graduates perform various functions such as drawing blood, administering EKGs and carrying out lab procedures. In small offices, medical assistants serve as receptionists, secretaries, billing and insurance clerks and transcriptionists. For additional career information, visit

Possible Careers

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Medical Assistant
Office Manager

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
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The following are required for admission:

  • C or higher in the following courses: High school Biology or one semester of college-level Biology
  • C or higher in the following courses: 
    • ENG-195 or ENG-201
    • HEALTH-101
    • HEALTH-107
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.3 or higher
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in March
  • Spring start: Petition for program in October



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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 - 113th Street N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775;

Accreditation is based upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment (CRB-AAMAE).


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Last updated: 08/30/2021