Petitioning Information


The Petition Process is the method that students follow to inform the Healthcare Pathway when they are ready and prepared to begin the core technical courses in their chosen health science program. All students must petition and be accepted into their program before registering for core technical courses. In furtherance of our goals to create a diverse and dynamic student body, we also consider ethnicity and status as a non-traditional student.

As of Spring 2021, the admissions process in Healthcare Pathway programs, have changed. 
There will be 2 types of tracks for admissions into the technical courses.

Open Enrollment Programs
Students can enroll in open enrollment programs when enrollment begins each semester. The following programs do not require the student to petition:

  • Dietary Manager
  • Central Service Technician
  • Dental Assistant Bilingual
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Renal Dialysis Technician
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Technician 

Petition Programs
The following programs require students to complete specific requirements prior to Petitioning for the program. Program qualification and selection criteria can be found on each of the program’s web pages.

  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Cardiovascular Technology; Invasive and Echo
  • Dental Assistant (Traditional)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Healthcare Services Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Registered Nursing
  • Practical to Registered Nursing-Progression
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technology

Healthcare Pathway Program Admission Process (pdf)

Petitioning Step By Step Guide

1. Apply Online or Update Your Program

New Student Application


Re-Admission/Program Change/Update
  • Apply for re-admission at if you've been away 2+ semesters, or if you were not continuously enrolled in your program (excluding summers).
  • To change your program, meet with your Pathway Advisor. Pathway Advisors submit program change requests.

2. Complete All Admission Requirements

Complete the following steps:

  1. Pay application fee
  2. Activate your MATC account at
  3. Complete MATC's student orientation
  4. Submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to MATC, Attention: Admissions, 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
  5. Refer to your Program Plan found on INFOnline/MyMATC for required program courses at
  6. Register for prerequisite classes
  7. CBC Process Acknowledgment Form, students will be required to complete the CastleBranch
    process at petition. Nursing Assistant students will be required to complete the CastleBranch
    requirement and forms as part of the admission process.

3. Program Requirements

Visit your program page for specific requirements. 

Contact Pathway Advisor for assistance.
or call 262-238-2281 (Mequon Campus)
or 414-297-6263 (Downtown Milwaukee Campus).


4. NLN/HESI/HP-A2 Admission Exam

Check which exam is required for your program. Exam schedule sign-up:

NLN required for:

  • PN – Practical Nursing (100 or better)
  • RN – Registered Nursing (120 or better)

HESI required for:

  • LPN-RN Progression (900 or better)

HP-A2 required for:

  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Cardiovascular Technology (Echocardiography and Invasive)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technology
(80% or better)

No exam required for the following programs:

  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Services Management
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Technician

No exam required for technical diploma programs except for Practical Nursing. 

5. Petition Application

Petition during the open window dates:  Petition Application Form

The petition windows are changing in 2021

  • For Associate degrees, the new windows will be February and September
  • For Technical diplomas, the new windows will be March and October

Petition Windows 

FALL 2021

Associate Degree Programs 

The petition window for Fall 2021 will remain open for the following associate degree programs until filled:
Anesthesia Technology
Healthcare Service Management
Health Information Technology
Medical Laboratory Technician
Surgical Technology   

Diploma Programs

The petition window for Fall 2021 is now open for the following diploma programs:
Dental Assistant (traditional)
Medical Assistant
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Interpreter
Practical Nursing

 Petition Form (link)