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!


Pam earned her MSN from UW-Eau Claire. Prior to joining Mid-State, she worked as a nurse at The Birth Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she enjoyed teaching prenatal childbirth classes and caring for families who experienced perinatal loss. She has also worked as a family nurse practitioner in Pediatrics at Marshfield Clinic. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, she helped develop the first insulin pump program for adolescents with diabetes.

“I love teaching and helping my students attain their goals. Mid-State’s MA program provides a balance between theory, hands-on learning, and individual growth, and I truly enjoy working with students throughout their learning journey!”


Steve earned his MA from Northern Michigan University. He brings to the classroom nearly 12 years of experience working in corporate communications and media as well as several years of adjunct college teaching. His courses seek to provide practical application of written and oral communication skills.

“I teach because I love learning, which I view as a two-way process involving both teachers and students. My enthusiasm for teaching and learning is driven by what I learn with—and from—my students, every day.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,851.12
  • Books: $1,013.00
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $533.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,397.12

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Accreditation Information

The Medical Assistant Program at Mid-State Technical College had a Retention rate of 88.89% in 2016, 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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