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Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma - 32 Credits



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.

Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

About the Program

The Medical Assistant program requires two semesters of full-time study. Students are admitted in the fall semester. Students learn basic body structure and functions, medical terminology, and communication/interpersonal skills. Students learn the principles of medical asepsis, safety, ethics, law, and pharmacology. This knowledge serves as a basis for acquiring competence in entry level medical assistant skills. Through classroom and laboratory practice students demonstrate competence in basic front office, clinical, examining room, and diagnostic procedures. In the final semester students are provided experiences in office, laboratory, and clinical work settings where they apply theory, principles, and skills learned throughout the program.

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) of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE), 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, (312-553-9355).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 
Clearwater, FL  33763
Telephone:  727-210-2350
Fax:  727-210-2354

The five year weighted average for graduate satisfaction of the Technical Diploma Medical Assisting program at Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI is 98.33%, based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

"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)

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 blood titers.

 Program Outcomes

  1. Perform medical office duties administrative functions.
  2. Provide patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights.
  3. Perform medical laboratory procedures.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism in healthcare setting.
  5. Demonstrate safety and emergency practices in a healthcare setting.

Possible Careers

  • Medical/Surgical Office Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Podiatric Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Chiropractor Assistant

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