Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma

A trip to the doctor’s office reveals just how busy physicians are—and just how much they rely on their medical assistants. Medical assistants are at the heart of healthcare, performing a wide variety of indispensable tasks that keep the office humming efficiently. It’s also a profession that requires nurturing and compassion, making it a meaningful career for almost everyone who chooses it.

A Closer Look

In a given day, medical assistants may offer patients support by providing effective communication, performing vital signs and other medical procedures, preparing rooms and medical equipment, and assisting with medical coding and billing.

Medical assistants also assist with lab procedures, administer medications, and recognize and deal with emergencies on a daily basis.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Medical Assistant program prepares graduates to work confidently in medical offices and clinics, assisting in the reception, examination, and treatment of patients. You’ll learn valuable clinical and clerical skills as well as how to sterilize equipment and perform lab procedures, EKGs, and injections.

The program’s combination of classroom instruction and clinical practicum at a variety of area medical offices and clinics provides comprehensive, cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) preparation. Successful graduates are eligible to write one of two voluntary National Certification Exams for Medical Assistants.


  • Appointment Coordinator
  • Dental Aide
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Patient Services Representative

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Medical Assistant program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Nichol earned her BS from UW-Stevens Point and has worked as a certified medical technologist in various clinical settings for over 20 years. She enjoys working directly with patients to support specimen collection in order to provide clinicians with accurate test results.

“I enjoy teaching because it gives me the opportunity to see students progress from day one to the end of the program when they are confident and career-ready.”


Angela earned her associate degree from Mid-State. She has four years of experience as a medical coder for local hospitals. To keep her skills and professional certifications up to date, she attains 56 credits of continuing education every year.

“I enjoy teaching because of the 'aha' moments.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Accreditation Information

Retention rate of 94.51% for the past five years (2010-2014), which exceeds the Medical Assisting Education Review Board threshold of >=60%.

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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