Medical assistants serve an important role on the medical team by performing a wide variety of clinical and clerical duties. The Medical Assistant program is designed to orient students to the duties of a physician’s office employee, from general office procedures to the technical phases of exam room assisting, and elementary medical laboratory techniques. Occupational experience is provided through placement in a local office/clinic during the last four weeks of the final semester, and graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination immediately after graduation.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    If you are interested in a health care career and think you would enjoy the variety of administrative, laboratory, and patient care areas of a physician's office or clinic, a Medical Assistant career will be an excellent choice for you.

    Students entering the Medical Assistant program should:

    • Show commitment to the patient.
    • Enjoy teamwork.
    • Deal effectively with stressful, fast paced work.
    • Possess effective listening skills.
    • Communicate well with others through oral and written means.
    • Have good mental dexterity.
    • Demonstrate attention to detail.

    Program Basics

    • Technical diploma, requiring a minimum of one year to complete.
    • Day classes.
    • High school articulation courses accepted.
    • Financial aid available.
    • Classes start in August.
    • Modified part-time curriculum available in 4-semester plan.
    • Students scoring less than 11th grade level in three or more TABE subtests must enroll under a modified program.
    • Students must achieve a "C" grade or better (78%) in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24

    Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.

    Category Amount
    Tuition and Fees $4,713
    Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614
    Books and Supplies $2,061
    Personal Expenses $2,245
    Transportation $2,007
    Charger Tech 360 Fee $600
    Loan Fees $83
    Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323
    1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662

    Based on Wisconsin Residents.

    Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.

    Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.

    These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application
    • Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech (email, or mail to Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809)
    • Admissions Preference Policy

      Priority for program acceptance will be given in this order until May 1, 2024:

      1. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Residents (permanent address is in one of Southwest Tech’s 30 school districts the College serves) Southwest Tech District Information
      2. Non-District State Residents
      3. Out-of-State Residents

    Program Requirements

    Helpful Academic Background

    Traditional Students:

    • High School diploma or GED certificate or be currently enrolled in a secondary youth options program
    • Keyboarding skills at 30 wpm or greater
    • Biology
    • Applied Math and Algebra
    • 4 years English with emphasis in grammar/writing

    Returning Students:

    • Basic Education English
    • Basic Education Math & Science

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • 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

    Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)

    This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Medical Assistant Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.

  • Career Opportunities
  • A graduate of the program will have the potential to be employed as a:

    • Medical Assistant: Prepares a patient for examination or treatment, takes vital signs, sterilizes instruments, performs simple lab tests, performs electrocardiograms, and assists the physician as needed.
    • Claims Analyst: Processes insurance claims on a computer.
    • EKG Technician: Operates and maintains electrocardiographic machines, records the heart's electrical activity, and provides data for diagnosis and treatment of heart ailments by physicians.
    • Laboratory Assistant: Performs simple laboratory procedures and venipunctures to collect blood specimens.
    • Medical Records Clerk: Handles all patient medical records in areas such as progress notes and pulls records of patients on a daily basis.
    • Medical Office Assistant: Performs a variety of duties such as bookkeeping, typing, filing, record keeping, customer relations, telephoning, general correspondence, appointments, and patient accounts.
    • Phlebotomist: Draws blood samples from patients for lab tests and blood donations. Performs related duties involving patient care and specimen processing with strict adherence to safety procedures to prevent transmission of infectious diseases.

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment, including:

    • Medical Office Manager
    • Medical Transcriptionist
    • Insurance Coding Specialist

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.

    Medical Assistant Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title
    Challenge Exam
    Challenge Exam
    10-501-101Medical TerminologyYes
    Available online
  • Accreditation
  • Accreditation Status

    The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

    In compliance with Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB) Policy 210, Southwest Tech proudly provides the following data for public review. The information provided in the table below represents the 2020 cohort outcomes associated with Southwest Tech’s Medical Assistant Technical Diploma.

    Medical Assistant Education Review Board
    Retention Job Placement CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam Graduate Participation CMA (AAMA) Certification ExamGraduate Pass Rate
    96.67% 57.89% 73.68% 92.86%
    • Retention: 2020 admission cohort
    • Job Placement: 2020 graduate cohort
    • Exam Participation: 2020 graduate cohort
    • Exam pass: 2020 graduate cohort