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.

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 (Traditional and Bilingual)
  • Community Health and Nutrition Navigator
  • Central Service Technician
  • Dental Assistant Bilingual
  • Enhanced Yoga Instructor
  • Healthcare Customer Service
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Technician 
  • Pharmacy 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 page.

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

Healthcare Pathway Program Admission Process (pdf)

Petitioning Step By Step Guide

1. Apply Online or Update Your Program

For new students to the college:
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. Complete MATC's student orientation
  3. Submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to MATC, Attention: Admissions, 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
  4. Refer to your Program Plan found on Self-Service/myMATC for required program courses
  5. Register for prerequisite classes
  6. 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-ADN Progression (900 or better)

HP-A2 required for:

  • Anesthesia Technology (minimum score of 80%)
  • Cardiovascular Technology (Echocardiography and Invasive) (minimum score of 80%)
  • Dental Hygiene (minimum composite score of 80%)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (minimum score of 80%)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (minimum composite score of 65%)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (minimum composite score of 75%)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (minimum composite score of 75%)
  • Radiography (minimum composite score of 80%, 80% in Math, 80% in Science)
  • Respiratory Therapist (minimum composite score of 65%)
  • Surgical Technology (minimum composite score of 65%)

No exam required for the following programs:

  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Services Management

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

5. Petition Application

Petition Windows

  • For associate degrees, the windows are in February and September
  • For technical diplomas, the windows are in March and October


Petition Windows 

The Petition application window will open for new eligible applicants on the following dates:

  • Associate Degree Programs: open September 1-30, 2023*
  • Technical Diploma Programs: open October 1-31, 2023*

    *Please note that some programs will remain open until capacity has been met.

Healthcare Pathway Program Petition Request Form (link)

Associate Degree Programs (Petition September 1-30, 2023)

  • Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Healthcare Services Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • LPN to ADN Progression
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Registered Nursing
  • Surgical Technology
  • EKG Technician Certificate

Technical Diplomas (Petition October 1-31, 2023) 

  • Dental Assistant
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nursing