Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Certificate Bridge to Associate of Applied Science Degree

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/Medical-Assistant

The medical assisting certificate and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs provide training for both front-office administrative and back office clinical duties. Both programs are designed to train medical assistants in mastering clinical techniques such as pre-examination and examination assistance, obtaining medical histories and vital signs, minor office surgery, routine laboratory procedures, including phlebotomy and EKG, and maintaining and sterilizing equipment. Administratively, you will learn the necessary office skills to maintain a clinic, including answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, billing and bookkeeping. This program seeks to develop competent medical assistants to work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, clinics and hospitals. Once you complete all of the prerequisite requirements and the full program curriculum, you will have achieved either a certificate or A.A.S. degree in medical assisting and will be eligible to sit for the national registry exam to become a credentialed medical assistant.

The medical assistant certificate program at Community College of Denver has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 - 727.210.2350). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to CCD.edu/Medical-Assistant for additional documents to be completed, prior to acceptance into the medical assisting program. You must:

  • Have basic computer skills to include, but not limited to, word processing, the creation of PowerPoint presentations, basic Excel skills, email, and use of D2L. If you need additional assistance with computer skills, you may take CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Have access to a computer as CCD email and D2L are used for communication.
  • Provide completion of a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Complete the medical assisting program application, found at CCD.edu/Medical-Assistant.
  • Obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification through the American Heart Association (AHA). This certification must be valid throughout the program. If it will lapse at any point during the program, a renewal must be completed prior to matriculation. 

Course Map

If you did not take or did not meet the minimum math placement test, you must take the supplemental MAT 091 course, in addition to the required MAT 103 course. By taking this additional course, it will be an additional 1 credit to the course map below.

PreRequisites

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
HPR 178 Medical Terminology 2
 Subtotal5
 Total Credits5

Certificate

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
HPR 106 Law & Ethics for Health Prof 2
MOT 125 Basic Medical Sciences I 3
MAP 110 Medical Office Administration 4
MOT 130 Insurance Billing and Coding 3
HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition 1
 Subtotal13
Spring
MAP 120 Medical Office Financial Management 4
MOT 133 Basic Medical Sciences II 3
MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations 3
MOT 181 Administrative Assistant 1
 Subtotal11
Summer
MAP 140 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills 4
MOT 135 Basic Medical Sciences III 3
 Subtotal7
Second Year
Fall
MAP 138 Medical Assisting Laboratory 4
MOT 182 Internship: Clinical 3
MAP 189 Review for Medical Assistant National Exam 1
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3 3
 Subtotal11
 Total Credits42

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Bridge Courses to Complete an Associate of Applied Science

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
First SemesterCredits
HPR 112 Phlebotomy 4
HPR 180 Internship 3
COM 220 Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3 3
PHI 114 Comparative Religions: GT-AH3 3
 Subtotal13
 Total Credits13