Medical Assisting

What is Required

What Classes Do I Take

Medical Assisting Degree and Certificate

Medical Assisting health and background check

Medical Assisting Cost

Medical Assisting Physical Requirements




What does a Medical Assistant Do?

The Medical Assisting Program is a certificate or AAS (Associates of Applied Science) program. This is one of the fastest growing segments of healthcare professions. 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 assisting career.

Employment is primarily in clinics and with ambulatory care. 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. Medical assisting is similar to the work nurses do in the hospital but Medical Assistants work in the Dr/providers office doing many skills including blood draws, Injections, vitals, EKG’s, laboratory testing, health-related exams and assisting the provider with many other tasks.

Graduates enter a career as a medical assistant and can achieve hours in a healthcare field that are often required to apply for many other healthcare programs.



The program's mission is to prepare confident, qualified  healthcare professionals to work as a healthcare team in clinical settings by providing an innovative learning environment that emulates the workforce environment. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.  Throughout the program the student will be prepared to take a national certification exam to become nationally credentialed.


Red Rocks Community College is 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. 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

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program requires completion of the MAT 050 prerequisite prior to entering advanced courses. MAT 120 or higher is required if you are in the AAS program. The MOT/MAP 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 126, MAP 138, MAP 140) be completed at Red Rocks Community College.

It is recommended that while in the Medical Assisting Program you not be employed or that you work no more than 20hr/week in order in ensure student success.

For those pursuing Medical Assisting or Medical Office Technology programs a statement of Health Care Provider screen is required prior to taking upper-level skill classes as well as a background/drug screen being required prior to internship, but information should be obtained from the program advisors prior to completing either of these.


Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen

Students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, prior to starting their internships. Further information will be given at the start of the  MAP 140 course. Students unable to complete this requirement will not be able to continue into the internship or finish the certificate.

Health/Immunizations Check

Students will be required to complete a health/immunization check prior to the start of class. Health/Immunization form can be downloaded here. The completed form should be presented on the first day of MAP 138 and the MAP 140 courses. Students unable to complete these requirements will not be able to participate in blood draws, continue into the internship or finish the certificate.

Our Accomplishments:

Currently, The medical assisting program at Red Rocks Community College has a job placement rate for 2018 of 100% and the rate of 75% for 2019 graduation cohorts with our graduates reporting a 100% program satisfaction rate for the time period from 2018-2019. Those employers returning surveys stated they were 100% satisfied with the education our graduates had received during the 2015-2019 time period.  Participation in the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in 2018 was 71.43% and was 87.5% in 2019 with an average of 87.04% during the 2015-2019 time period. The exam passage rates for those taking the exam were 85.71% for the 2019 graduates; 100% for the 2018 graduates and 100% for the 2017 graduates.
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Physical Requirements For The Medical Assisting Program

Communication –

  • Oral Comprehension

  • Speech Recognition

  • Ability to read/write proficiently with comprehension

Physical –

  • Manual Dexterity - Physical Ability and motor skills necessary for the profession

  • Ability to bend, squat, stoop and kneel

  • Lifting up to 50lbs

  • Support the weight of a patient as necessary

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Visual and Auditory Acuity including near vision

Mental –

  • Critical Thinking

  • Time management skills

  • Deductive Reasoning

Privacy Sensitivity
Information Ordering
Ability to recognize skill limits and seek assistance
Execute sound judgment
Absence of any disability that would affect the safety of a patient
Basic Computer use skills including word processing and spreadsheets


In addition to tuition you will be asked to have:

  • Stethoscope
  • Scrubs
  • Watch
  • Immunizations

Career Path

Medical Assisting is often a pathway to other health careers such as Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant, or Nurse and can provide the clinical hours needed to apply for these programs.

Accreditation Information 

“Upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board, (MAERB) the Red Rocks Medical Assisting Certificate Program meets the accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education. For more information visit

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 

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This allows our graduates to sit for national certification through the AAMA to become a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant)

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 39 semester hours of credit for the certificate program which is accredited by CAAHEP upon recommendation of MAERB and 60 credits for the AAS in which students receive the certificate accredited by CAAHEP and the AAS that is received through Red Rocks Community College.

Our Medical Assisting AAS Degree meets all Colorado state accreditation requirements. 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.

Retention Rates 

Medical Assisting Education Review Board data

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