Medical Assistant Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Medical Assistant

Technical Diploma

The Medical Assistant Technical Diploma program prepares individuals to be multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to assist healthcare clinicians in their offices or other ambulatory medical settings. Medical Assistants perform a wide range of administrative, clinical and laboratory duties. Administrative responsibilities may include patient reception, appointment scheduling, record keeping, filing, billing, transcription and electronic medical records documentation. Laboratory responsibilities may include specimen collection, performance of basic laboratory tests and microscopic analysis. Clinical responsibilities may include taking vital signs, assisting providers with examinations and surgery, medical and surgical asepsis, and administering ECGs and medications. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires a mastery of a complex body of knowledge with specialized skills requiring formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. Northcentral Technical College's Medical Assistant Technical Diploma program goal is to prepare competent, entry level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. The Medical Assistant Technical Diploma 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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350.

program at a Glance

Medical Assistant 32 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Partially Available
  • Spencer Partially Available
  • Wittenberg Partially Available

Approximate Cost

$6,405 (Tuition: $5019, Books: $1386)

Average Starting Salary

$28,121 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • 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

Potential Careers

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Receptionist
  • Medical Insurance Clerk
  • Electrocardiogram Technician

Course List

To view the amount of credits or descriptions for the courses required within this program please view the course list.

Course List

Program Accreditation

The Northcentral Technical College Medical Assistant Technical Diploma is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2354

2017 MAERB Annual Report Data

Criteria Threshold Result
Retention >=60% 85.71%
Placement >=60% 91.67%
Grad Part >=30% 75.00%
Grad Sat >=80% 100.00%
Emp Part >=30% 52.38%
Emp Sat >=80% 100.00%
Exam Part >=30% 96.15%
Exam Pass >=60% 96.00%
# Grads
(from admissions cohort)
N/A 24

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Earn Credit for What You Know

This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Additional program Information

Program Delivery Options

Students enrolling in this program can choose between weekday, evening, and weekend (with online activities during the week) tracks. Please contact admissions to learn when these tracks are offered.

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CPR Requirement

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

Criminal Background Check

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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For more information on this program, contact admissions at 715.675.3331 or email

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First, fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $34.50 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following:

Documentation can be sent via email to, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.

  • ACT composite score of 16 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.

  • Accuplacer scores of 38 or above in math, 66 or above in reading, and 65 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.

  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s next? We’ll review your application and the documentation you’ve submitted and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.

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If you have questions about the program or the admissions process, contact our admissions team via email at, via phone at 715.675.3331 Ext. 5860, or by filling out our information request form.

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