Medical Assisting

Certificate Bridge to Associate of Applied Science Degree

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

MEDICAL ASSISTING

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. 

certificate COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
BIO 106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 116 Introduction to Human Disease: GT-SC2 3
HPR 139 Medical Terminology 2
MAP 110 Medical Office Administration 4
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
MAP 120 Medical Office Financial Management 4
MAP 138 Medical Assisting Laboratory 4
MAP 140 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills 4
MAP 150 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants 3
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
MAP 183 Medical Assistant Internship 4
MAP 189 Review for Medical Assistant National Exam 1
 Subtotal5
 Total Credits33

Associate of Applied Science Course Map 

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
BIO 106 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4
MAP 110 Medical Office Administration 4
HPR 139 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 116 Introduction to Human Disease: GT-SC2 3
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
MAP 120 Medical Office Financial Management 4
MAP 150 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants 3
MAP 138 Medical Assisting Laboratory 4
MAP 140 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills 4
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
MAP 189 Review for Medical Assistant National Exam 1
MAP 183 Medical Assistant Internship 4
 Subtotal5
Fourth Semester
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 3
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3
Choose One Composition Course 3
English Composition I: GT-CO1  
Technical Writing I GT-CO1  
English Composition II: GT-CO2  
Choose One Communication Course 3
Public Speaking  
Communication in Healthcare  
Interpersonal Communication  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal15
Fifth Semester
PSY 235 Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3 3
Choose 9-12 Elective Credit Hours From the Lists Below 9-12
Elective Choice One  
Nurse Aide Health Care Skills  
Internship  
Medical Anthropology: GT-SS3  
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Introduction to PC Applications  
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1  
Elective Choice Two  
Phlebotomy  
Nurse Aide Clinical Experience  
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1  
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1  
College Algebra: GT-MA1  
Elective Choice Three  
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1  
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Pathophysiology  
College Algebra: GT-MA1  
Introduction to PC Applications  
 Subtotal12-15
 Total Credits60-63