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Medical Assistant
Program Code: 31-509-1

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 33 Credits
Appleton & Oshkosh Campus - Spring Entry
Chilton & Waupaca Campus - Fall Entry
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

The Medical Assistant program prepares you to assist physicians and nurse practitioners in their offices or other medical settings. As a medical assistant, you perform a wide range of duties. You are responsible for medical and surgical asepsis, taking vital signs, assisting the physician with examinations and surgery, administering ECGs and administering medications. Your business/administrative duties include patient reception, appointment making, recordkeeping, filing, bookkeeping, insurance handling, typing medical correspondence and transcription and microcomputer applications. Laboratory functions include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests, and microscopic work. Upon graduation, you may find a job as a medical assistant, secretary, medical laboratory assistant, phlebotomist, receptionist, medical insurance clerk or electrocardiogram technician.

Program Description
Upon completion of this two-semester, 33-credit program, you receive a technical diploma. Program is offered on the Appleton Campus, Oshkosh Riverside Campus and the Waupaca and Chilton Regional Centers.

  • Student experience in MA Practicum, 31-509-310, is an unpaid experience.
  • The Fox Valley Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent
  • MA functional ability agreement

Note: An ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 72 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course is required to enroll in 31-509-304, Med Assistant Clinical Procedures 1 and 31-509-303, Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 1.

Caregiver Background Check

Must meet guidelines established by Wisconsin statutes regarding caregiver background check information prior to participating in any clinical placement.

CPR/Health Requirements

Current Healthcare Provider CPR is required prior to clinical placement. A satisfactory medical examination must also be documented and on file with the College Health Office prior to clinical placement.

Functional Ability Agreement

Students must sign a Functional Ability Agreement upon enrollment in Occupational Specific courses.

Program Outcomes

Medical Assistant graduates will 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

Program Offered at These Locations

  • Oshkosh Riverside—150 N. Campbell Road
  • Waupaca Regional Center—1979 Godfrey Drive
  • Chilton Regional Center—1200 E. Chestnut Street
  • Appleton-1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Biological sciences, keyboarding and microcomputer applications help prepare you for this program.

Contact Us

For additional information, contact Barb Tuchscherer at (920) 735-5774 or or visit the Medical Assistant website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program