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


The Medical Assistant program prepares individuals to assist physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants perform a wide range of duties. The medical assistant is responsible for medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting the physician with examinations and surgery, administering ECGs, and administering medications. The business/administrative duties include patient reception, appointment making, record keeping, filing, bookkeeping, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence, and transcription and microcomputer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests, and microscopic work.

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.

The Medical Assistant program at MATC has a five year cumulative job placement rate of 81.66% for the years 2018-2022.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 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

Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
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-308 Pharmacology for Allied Health ‡ 2
MEDAST-310 Medical Assistant Practicum ‡  3



‡ Prerequisite required.
* May be taken prior to entering the program.

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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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 Events 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. 
Learn more about the petition process

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




The Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. 


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Last updated: 05/01/2024