Medical Assistant

32-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 31-509-1

Medical assistants’ work directly influences the public’s health and well-being. They perform administrative, laboratory and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners. In this program, learn to take health histories, measure vital signs, administer medications, perform electrocardiograms, conduct laboratory tests among other tasks.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Some hybrid/online courses are available.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • Upon graduation, be prepared to take the certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).
  • WCTC's 2017 CMA (AAMA) exam pass rate is 100 percent.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page. Please note, you will need to complete a background check in order to begin core courses.

This program requires valid BLS Provider and Heartsaver First Aid certification.  If you are currently certified and need to maintain your status, WCTC also offers a BLS Provider Renewal course.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

In-Demand Jobs

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2020 Start

  • Submit application by March 2, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by March 16, 2020

Spring 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$30,000 – $40,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you are a caring, compassionate problem solver, a career in medical assisting may be right for you. Medical assistants are an important part of the medical team, working closely with and taking direction from doctors and nurses. They are detail oriented and adaptable, and they possess solid communication skills.

  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Marian UniversityBA Community Health and Human Servicesup to 7, 10% tuition discount
Marian UniversityBS Healtcare Administrationup to 19, 10% tuition discount

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Medical Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


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Program Instructors

Michelle Bjornstad, BS | 262.695.6201
Sandra Borucki | 262.691.5333
Juli Thorgerson | 262.695.6212