Medical Assisting

We've recently made significant updates to our program to align it more closely with the latest industry requirements. Our primary focus was enabling our students to enter the workforce more quickly while maintaining high-quality standards.

We decided to streamline our curriculum based on valuable feedback from our students. Many expressed a desire for a more efficient and accelerated path, enabling them to transition into the professional field promptly and start earning sooner. Maintaining the rigorous standards set by our Accrediting body is of the utmost importance to us, and we took this into consideration when reformatting our program. However, none of the learning objectives were affected by these changes. We are confident that our updated program will meet and exceed industry requirements while providing our students with an accelerated path to success.

Here is the updated Certificate Pathway for your review, which provides a comprehensive outline of the courses and components included in our updated program. Our students have been incredibly enthusiastic about the benefits of the new, condensed, and stackable certificate opportunities. The changes have been met with high praise and have enhanced the learning experience.

Our revamped program offers an outstanding balance between academic rigor and timely entry into the industry. If you have any specific inquiries or require further information about our program, we would be happy to address them.

Thank you for considering our program If you have any further questions or concerns, please consider utilizing the links below to reach out.

Program Changes- If you are on a certificate or degree pathway for Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, Billing & Coding, or Medical Office Administration- PLEASE review the updated program requirements and meet with your advisor or program director to confirm you are on the appropriate course track.

If you are in need of an academic plan for classes for this program or any other, please fill out the following form: One will be sent to you within 48 business hours of receiving your request.

If you are a current student and want to set up an appointment with the Health Science Pathway Advisor Audrey Niedfeldt, the easiest way to find availability to meet will actually be through Navigate; you can also find her availability here: New appointments become available every day, but you could be scheduled up to two weeks out. You can also call 303-914-6275 if you would like some additional assistance.

We do have limited drop-in availability with the Advising team at the Lakewood campus. You can find hours and what we can assist with during that time here.

If you are a prospective student, please visit the Apply Now! page on our website, or reach out to the Admissions department at or 303-914-6600 for help getting started.

If you need someone to talk to during this time, please text TALK to 38255.


The Medical Assisting Program is designed to prepare you as a health career professional, assisting physicians/providers in various medical and business settings. It is recommended that you take a course or are proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook. Transfer credits are accepted from qualifying educational institutions: however, MAP 1010, MAP 2038, MAP 2040, and MAP 1083 must be completed within the Red Rocks Community College system. Sequencing of MAP classes outside of the set cohort schedule must have approval from the Program Director.

All program students must complete and pass a criminal background check and health/drug screen at their expense, at least 60 days (about 2 months) before enrolling in an internship by using the current approved RRCC (Red Rocks Community College) background check and drug screen program. Students must provide proof of all required immunizations and submit a physician’s signed approval/health form in their final semester (Proof of Hepatitis B immunizations will be required before taking MAP 2038)

Students will need to have a watch, (not a smartwatch) a personal blood pressure cuff/stethoscope, and black scrubs for the program.

Complete all required courses with a grade of C or better including passing all Accreditation required, psychomotor, cognitive, and affective competencies prior to the internship to complete the Certification.

At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for The CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) National Certification Exam through the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) to become Certified Medical Assistants.

The Medical Assisting certificate is accredited by the Commission on Allied Health Education Programs, 9355-113th St. N. #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of MAERB (MEDICAL ASSISTING EDUCATION REVIEW BOARD).

**OPTIONAL: Students who successfully complete the Medical Assisting Program are now eligible to sit for the RPT (Registered Phlebotomy Technician) National Certification Exam through the AMT to become a Registered Phlebotomy Technician. This stackable Certification requires an ADDITIONAL (Phlebotomy) internship (3 credits) and can be taken in the same semester as the Medical Assistant Internship. (Before or after)  


Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen

Students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, prior to starting their internships. Backgraound Instructions. 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 courses. Students unable to complete these requirements will not be able to participate in blood draws, continue into the internship or finish the certificate.

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

CAAHEP logoAAMA-logo
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 

9355 - 113th St.N. #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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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