Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

As a medical assistant (MA), you would be an indispensable member of a healthcare team, directly assisting a physician or RN. This program prepares you for an active role in providing care—assisting with examinations, carrying out select medical and diagnostic procedures, collecting specimens, and performing routine laboratory tests.

The program focuses on laboratory and clinical procedures, insurance and finance, medical terminology, and skills to keep a medical office running smoothly. You’ll also get valuable on-the-job experience. Graduates become medical assistants, laboratory assistants, phlebotomists, insurance clerks, and electrocardiogram technicians in a variety of medical settings.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Medical Assistant

This program will cost about $5,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Medical Assistant 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding44
Employed in Related Occupation29
Employed in Non-related Occupations7
Seeking Employment3
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market5

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2241
Median Hourly Wage$14.75 $14.36
Hourly Wage Range$7.75 - $18.00$6.25 - $16.00
Median Annual Salary$20,280.00 $29,858.40

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Certified Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Certified Medical Assistant; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
  • Certified Medical Assistant; Neighborhood Family Clinic, Winona, MN
  • Certified Medical Assistant; Tomah Specialty Clinic, Tomah, WI
  • Clinic Assistant; Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA
  • CNA; Benedict Living Community, La Crosse, WI
  • CNA; Mayo Clinic Health System, Onalaska, WI
  • CNA; Pauquette Center, Portage, WI
  • Community Manager; ADG Inc. Milwaukee, WI
  • Health Aide; Sparta School District, Sparta, WI
  • House Manager; Our House Senior Living, Eau Claire, WI
  • Lab Assistant; Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Aspirus, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Bronston Chiropractic/Community Care Clinic, Onalaska, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (6)
  • Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, Onalaska, WI (2)
  • Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, Tomah, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, WI
  • Receptionist; Decorah Chiropractic, Decorah, IA

Career Opportunities

Certified Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant
Registered Medical Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Medical Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below. 

Gainful Employment


The Medical Assistant program at Western Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Julie Czaplewski
Program Chair, Medical Assistant

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