Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma

Medical assistants work primarily in medical clinics, physician offices or ambulatory care clinics. The medical assistant is trained in all aspects of the medical office. Responsibilities might include preparing the patient for physical examination, obtaining a health history, assisting the physician with the exam as well as assisting with minor surgery, performing routine tests independently, and disinfecting and sterilizing instruments. Some medical assistants manage the office, arrange and confirm appointments, register patients, keep treatment records, send bills, receive payments, file insurance forms, handle the mail, and keep inventory records.

Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

A highly flexible, comprehensive program offering open labs five days/nights per week. With theory based content online you can focus on skills practice and assessment during your lab time. Exams are scheduled and taken at the Assessment Center to simulate the National Certification exam taken to become a CMA (AAMA).


On Campus



Term Start Dates

Spring 2022: January 5 Summer 2022: May 2 Fall 2022: September 6

Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • 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

Your Potential Careers

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical /Surgical Office Assis
  • Phlebotomist
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Podiatric Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Chiropractic Assistant

Median Annual Salary

$35,252 $37,148 $34,542
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

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Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.


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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Telephone:  727-210-2350
Fax:  727-210-2354

Students graduating from the Medical Assisting program at Nicolet College are satisfied with the education that they receive at Nicolet College, as there is an average 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.
Employers hiring medical assistant graduates from Nicolet College are satisfied with the education that the graduates receive at Nicolet College, as there is an average 100% employer satisfaction rate over the past five years.

The 2018 American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) National Certification Examination pass rate of the Technical Diploma Medical Assisting program at Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI was 88.89%, based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review board (MAERB).

"100% of graduates need to have successfully completed all of the psychomotor and affective domain objectives (meeting the cut (passing) score established by the program as a minimum standard to be met)" (from the Outcome Assessment Threshold requirements).

The medical assisting program at Nicolet College has a retention rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2018, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.

Students shall not receive compensation/payment, monetary or otherwise, from the practicum site. Students will work directly under the supervision of licensed health care professionals.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Complete a Nicolet College application form
  • Submit official high school transcripts or equivalent
  • Complete Accuplacer entrance test with following scores:
    Reading: 90+
    Writing: 103+
    Math: 79+
  • Demonstrate keyboarding skills at a minimum of 30 wpm
  • Acceptable Caregiver Background Check
  • Current CPR certification
  • Physical examination and specified health requirements including immunization status.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.
This program will cost $5,111.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $5,444.00 of debt.
Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Wisconsin
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