Medical Office Technology

These are among the fastest growing occupations in Colorado and in the nation due to technological advances in medicine and a growing and aging population needing outpatient care. The college environmental scan for the four county service region shows a growth demand of 14% for the medical assisting profession.

National data shows the Medical Office career as a high growth area for the next five years and in Colorado, predicted growth of over 30% annually. Earnings vary with experience, skill level and geographic location. Currently the Medical Office Technology program at Red Rocks Community College has a high job placement rate. Graduate satisfaction among our graduates is excellent at 97%. Upon completion of the Medical Assisting Program, graduates taking the AAMA exam have a pass rate of 79%.

Hospitals, doctor's offices and clinics are businesses as well as health care resources. Medical Assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties in the clinic setting. If you are well organized, have compassion for those who are ill, and have good communication skills, you have some of the characteristics that can lead to success in a medical office or medical assisting career. Medical Office students learn office administration skills and Medical Assisting students learn both office administration and clinical skills for patient care. Both programs offer a certificate and the student may also obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS).

Red Rocks Community College is now requiring all incoming students to meet English requirements to be successful in their courses. Students must test/place into ENG 121 or higher. Courses do not need to be taken, only test scores that show competency at that level are required. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program requires completion of the MAT 050 prerequisite prior to entering advanced courses. MAT 107 or higher is required if you are going for the (AAS). The MOT department requires all students to pass courses with a grade of "C" or better.

To ensure our students success in their chosen career we require that all medical assisting/medical office skills based courses (MOT 136, MOT 138, MOT 140) be completed at Red Rocks Community College.

Acceptable documentation: a placement score deemed passing by RRCC, SAT/ACT (less than 2 years old), previous ENG 090 or higher course work at a college, college degree or certificate.

For those pursuing medical assisting a statement of Health Care Provider screen is required prior to taking upper level skill classes, but information should be obtained from the program advisors prior to completing the form.  All MOT department students must complete a background check/drug screen prior to internship. 

These requirement changes apply to the following courses:
All General Education, HPR, MOT and GT pathway courses.
All other CTE courses as posted by programs.

Click here to see a Postsecondary Plan of Study for these three areas.

Academic Excellence/Program Highlights 

Medical Assisting and Medical Office Technology Rigorous Program Yields Pass Rate Consistently Above National Standard

The Medical Assisting Certificate program at Red Rocks Community College is one of the few programs that allows students to be credentialed by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Students who enroll in this rigorous program are required to complete 45 semester hours of credit for state certification (60 credits for the AAS). Medical Assisting students pay a fee, that upon completion of their internship, will be used to register them to sit for their AAMA certification exam. As a result of the high standards and qualified instructors, Red Rocks Medical Assisting program students pass at a rate above the national average and currently 82% of our students pass the certification exam on the first try.

The Medical Assisting program and the Medical Office Technology programs work closely with specific Workforce Centers in Colorado. Individuals who are seeking career changes are often eligible to take part in the Workforce Incentive Act that helps provide them with the necessary resources and training for specific careers in the health fields.

The Red Rocks Community College Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of MAERB. 


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Our Medical Assisting AAS Degree meets all Colorado state accreditation requirements. All AAS degree students will also receive a Medical Assisting Certificate.


The mission of the Medical Office Technology program is to prepare organized, competent, and compassionate healthcare professionals. The program provides students with essential knowledge as well as practical technical and interpersonal communication skills required to enter healthcare professions.

***You must complete a background check as part of your application to this program. You can complete the background check at