Medical Assistant

32-credit Technical Diploma

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As the demand for healthcare services continues to rise, medical assistants are needed to perform tasks in various clinical settings. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being. In the Medical Assistant program, prepare for work in offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners by performing administrative, laboratory and clinical duties. Learn to take health histories, measure vital signs, administer medications, perform electrocardiograms and conduct laboratory tests. Career laddering can lead to roles of advanced responsibility such as office or clinic management.

  • Prepare for jobs such as certified medical assistant, lab assistant, medical assistant or patient care assistant.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
  • Upon graduation, be prepared to take the certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $26,000-$35,000
    • Average Salary: $31,076
    • Median Salary: $30,968
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.35
    • Three-year Average Salary: $30,514

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 509-301 Medical Asst Admin Procedures2 *
 509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease3 *
 509-303 Medical Asst Lab Procedures 12 *
 509-304 Medical Asst Clin Procedures 14 *
 501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv.2 *
 501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing2  
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 501-308 Pharmacology for Allied Health2 *
 509-305 Med Asst Lab Procedures 22 *
 509-306 Med Asst Clin Procedures 23 *
 509-307 Med Office Insurance & Finance2 *
 509-309 Medical Law, Ethics & Profess2 *
 509-310 Medical Assistant Practicum3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
14
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv. 2
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing 2
501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1 2
501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

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

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Maribeth Blankenheim

Maribeth Blankenheim

Phone: 262.691.5397

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.Ed., Carroll University

Certifications

  • Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)

Teaching Philosophy

"I am dedicated to providing a collaborative, encouraging learning environment where excellent patient care skills, professionalism, effective communication, problem solving and lifelong learning are inspired."

Program instructor, Julie Grassel

Julie Grassel

Phone: 262.691.5397

Education

  • BSN, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSN. Ed. – Specialization in Nursing/Healthcare Education, University of Phoenix

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse

Area of Expertise

  • Health care education

Teaching Philosophy

"I enjoy introducing students to the world of health care! I'm passionate about teaching and I incorporate the use of active learning strategies in the classroom."

Program instructor, Linda Norton

Linda Norton

Phone: 262.691.5394

Education

  • BSN, Alverno College
  • MS, University of St. Francis

Teaching Philosophy

"Supporting student-centered education, I believe the role of the instructor is to guide students in their construction of knowledge and to assist their development of practical skills as they apply to their chosen field of interest."