Two of the three schools in or near Madison, WI, that provide medical assisting programs are for-profit institutions. Based on school type, student population and total number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top Madison school for medical assisting studies:
- Winner: Madison Area Technical College is the only public postsecondary institution in the city offering medical assisting and related programs. The college grants more awards in medical assisting than any other school within a 25-mile radius of Madison. Students can earn technical diplomas in medical assisting as well as medical coding.
School Info Chart
|Category||Madison Area Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,914 (in state); $5,747 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Assisting Programs Offered||Certificate|
|Medical Assisting Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||36**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||21%**|
|Noteworthy||Medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Madison Area Technical College
- Medical Coding Specialist program offered on-campus and fully online
- Graduates prepared to sit for the national medical assistant certification exam
- Medical Assisting curriculum guidelines established by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
- Students gain on-campus hands-on experience in the Health Simulation Center
Madison Area Technical College is a public 4-year college that primarily grants associate's degrees. It enrolls more than 15,000 students per year. The School of Health Education offers two technical diploma programs in and related to the medical assisting field: a Technical Diploma in Medical Assisting and a Technical Diploma in Medical Coding Specialist and a Technical Diploma in Advanced Medical Coding Specialist. These programs focus on general medical office procedures, billing practices and assisting a physician. The center makes courses available through a flexible schedule, online or in accelerated format, which reduces the overall length of the program.
Students in the 1-year Medical Assistant Technical Diploma program learn clinical and medical front office procedures. Courses cover human health and diseases, laboratory procedures, medical terminology, administrative procedures, anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. Students also complete a 4-week medical assisting internship during their last semester. The 1-year Technical Diploma in Medical Coding Specialist program is designed for individuals interested in working with medical records in physicians' offices, insurance companies and consulting firms. Course topics include health care reimbursement and medical record coding, human diseases, medical terminology and anatomy. The program also includes an 18-hour clinical laboratory practicum that occurs during the working hours of a facility using medical coding.