Medical Office Technology Frequently Asked Questions

Red Rocks Community College
Medical Office Technology
Medical Assistant (MA) & Medical Office (MO)
Medical Billing and Coding (MB)

What does a Medical Assistant do?

A Medical Assistant works in both the front and back office of a clinic or doctor’s office. Front office is answering phones, billing, appointment setting, etc. Back office includes assisting with minor surgery, taking preliminary information for the physician and assisting the physician.

Required Physical Abilities For Medical Assistants?

Medical Health Clearance Form

  • Physical Ability
    Demonstrate that he or she is free of any medical conditions that could endanger the health or well-being of patients or other students, or prevent him/her from performing the physical tasks of emergency medical care.
  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to communicate and understand information and ideas by speaking and listening so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition
    The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension
    The ability to read and understand information and communicate ideas and information presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering
    The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Deductive Reasoning
    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What does a Medical Office person do?

A medical office person will work in the front office of a clinic or doctor’s office. This person will be assisting with the completion of paperwork for incoming patients, answering phones, interacting with insurance companies, filing, scheduling appointments, etc.

What does a Medical Billing and Coding person do?

A medical billing and coding person will work in doctor or clinic offices, billing companies or out-patient facilities. Work involves billing to insurance or government agencies and minimal ICD coding for patient services. Insurance and patient interaction is involved.

How long are the classes?

Certificate programs are 2-4 semesters (fall, spring, summer)
Associate degrees are (full time) approximately  2 years/5 semesters, with possible summer sessions.

When do the classes start?

You may start classes any semester, but classes are limited during the summer semester. Please see the suggested course sequences on the website to help in making a schedule. Advising by the program director is available by appointment by calling 303.914.6625 or 303.914.6333. There are no applications required to start the programs. You will need to meet college ENG requirements and MAT requirements to take most program classes and all general education degree courses.

How many students are accepted into the classes?

20-24 per class, 30 in some online courses.

Are there any prerequisite classes?

-Academic placement test scores into ENG 121 or higher is required for all HPR and MOT 110.  Transfer credits of ENG 121 must be on transcript before registering.
-MATH 050 or higher for MOT 140 & MOT 150
-Background check and drug screen completed the semester before taking the internship.

How much is the tuition costs?

MA Certificate for Colorado resident--current cost of 45 hours of coursework 
MA Degree for Colorado resident--current cost of 60 hours of coursework 
MO Certificate for Colorado resident--current cost of 34 hours of coursework 
MO Degree for Colorado resident --current cost of 60 hours of coursework 
MB Certificate for Colorado resident--current cost of 23-25 hours of coursework 
See current catalog for tuition rates

How much are books?

Approximately $1,000 to $1,500 for both MA, MO & MB
Contact the bookstore for more information (303-914-6232)

What other expenses will there be?

Scrubs ~ approximately $100
Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff ~ approximately $25-$50
Any required immunizations after acceptance
Required National AAMA exam to qualify to be a CMA – approximately $125

What are the hours/days of internship?

Varies, depending on how the internship has been set up for the student. The vast majority of internship are Monday-Friday daytime hours.

What are the hours/days of clinicals?

Varies, depending on how the clinical has been set up for the student.

What is the average starting salary?

$13 - $16 per hour for both MA & MOT

Is the program accredited and by whom?

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.

Can I work my regular job while going to school?

Yes, but we do not recommend that students work more than 20 hours per week.

What are the requirements to enter the class?

Apply to college for Student ID# and COF
Register online or in Admissions for classes

Is there a Wait List?


Where are the classes held?

Most classes are held at the Arvada Campus.
Some classes are offered at the Lakewood Campus.
Some non-MOT classes are also offered ONLINE.
Check current class schedules online or in print.


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.

Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

RRCC has designated Patty Davies as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. Report all concerns or complaints relating to discrimination or harassment to the Title IX/EO Coordinator(s). For information, contact Patty Davies Executive Director, HR, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, Co 80228. 303.914.6298, Go here for more info on our sexual misconduct policies.