Madisonville Community College was established in 1968 as a member of the University of Kentucky Community College System. A legislative action in 1998 created the Kentucky Community and Technical System, thereby separting Madisonville from its former parent body. The college joined forces with Madisonville Technical College in 2001, expanding both the curriculum and enrollment. The school operates three campuses in the region as well as several extension centers. North Campus and Heath Campus are both located in Madisonville, while the Muhlenberg Campus is in Central City. Madisonville CC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas are available from Madisonville CC in 19 distinct fields. The associate’s degree programs require two years of steady coursework and completion of specific program requirements. Upon graduation, students can transfer their associate’s degree to virtually any four-year institution and continue working towards the baccalaureate or beyond. Certificates and diplomas are usually more vocationally oriented programs that quickly prepare students for an in-demand career. These programs require less classroom time than the associate’s degree. Many such programs require hands-on training, such as mining technology or nursing.
The Medical Information Technology program offers students a variety of credentials. Students can pursue an associate in applied science (AAS) in one of four areas: administration, insurance coding, medical records and transcription. The AAS programs require from 62 to 67 credit hours each. Diplomas in insurance coding or transcription require as few as 38 credit hours, while a Medical Receptionist Certificate takes just 18 credit hours. These fields have grown rapidly alongside the high demand for skilled nurses and other health care workers.
Distance learning options extend the reach of Madisonville CC’s services. Nearly all of the college’s programs can be fully or partially completed online. The college operates a virtual library and online bookstore. A 24/7 technical support can solve most software difficulties. Madisonville CC also participates in the Kentucky Virtual Campus, a program offering thousands of courses from institutions all across the state.