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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What does HPR mean?

HPR is a discipline prefix designated from the state college system for Health Professional classes.

MOT stands for Medical Office Technology and MAP stands for Medical Assistant Professional.

When students take the Medical Terminology class, HPR 139 (formerly numbered HPR 178) they must take the PPCC online sections.

HPR 139 MUST be completed in the students first semester.

  • Am I qualified for Financial Aid?

This program is financial aid approved. Only the financial aid department can help you with the answer of qualifications. You should meet with your financial aid adviser for assistance.

  • What if I have work experience in the medical field?

You should speak with a program adviser for potential application of work experience. The college does have a program PLA-Prior Learning Assessment, which may allow for the use of work experience or education which may directly apply to your program.

  • Are their additional fees for the program?

Yes, when you enroll in MAP 280 internship you will be assessed a malpractice insurance fee.

For this class you will also have to take and pass a criminal background check and drug screening which is a separate out of pocket costs.

  • What degree is available for reception or coding students?
    • Currently PPCC does not have a degree program for reception or coding students students. Most of the courses from these certificate programs may be applied towards the AAS Medical Assistant degree.
  • Do I have to complete any prerequisite courses?
    • The medical receptionist certificate program requires 3 courses as program prerequisites:
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CIS 118 PC Applications or CSC 105 Computer Literacy
      • HPR 102 CPR for Professionals or hold a current CPR from an American Heart Association approved training program.
      • COM 115 Public Speaking or COM 125 Interpersonal Communication or COM 225 Organizational Communication or ENG 121 English Composition I or ENG 131 Technical Writing.
        • Some classes have a prerequisite course of CCR 092 or the accuplacer reading comprehension and sentences skills.
        • Students who do not test out of CCR 092 must take the class before being able to register for certain courses. Students will also have to take AAA 109 Advancing Academic Achievement. Please review the advising sheets.
  • When do I have to complete the background check and drug screen?
    • A national criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen is required of each and every Phlebotomy student at Pikes Peak Community College. In order to participate in the Phlebotomy & Advanced Phlebotomy courses, you will be required to order a background check and drug screen through CastleBranch. You will be responsible for the $63.00 fee at the time of order. This is a Colorado Community College System requirement; therefore, any previous background check completed for employment will not suffice.
    • This policy is implemented and monitored by the PPCC Human Resource Services Department. The screening is not to be completed by students prior to meeting with a program adviser.
    • The screen is completed prior to beginning the internship. Students are required to meet with the program coordinator the semester prior to internship for clearance. At this meeting the coordinator will give instructions and information needed when the student attends the mandatory internship meeting at the end of the preceding term. 
  • What are the clinical requirements? Do I need vaccinations?
    • Students are required to sign a Waiver of Rights, Assumption of Risk, and Release of Liability, Agreement in MOT 136 before they may start the laboratory part of these courses that involve the use of needles / lancets / sharp object for any type of demonstration or performance of bodily fluid specimen / simulation of body fluid acquisition.
    • Clinical sites require students to have a current CPR certification and proof of Vaccination. And the completion of a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • What are the expectations of the department from students?
    • An education and career in medical office or coding can be quite demanding physically and mentally. View the Colorado Community College Essential Skills, which contains certain information concerning physical and academic rigor, which is expected of all phlebotomy students.
  • Will the program accept grades below a C?

No, all courses within both certificate programs must be passed with a letter grade of C or better to be applicable to the program.

  • What do I need to do to graduate after successfully completing all of the degree program classes?

All students must submit an application to graduate to the college by a specified date for the semester of completion. This program is considered a Certificate of Achievement.

  • Who will answer my questions?

The Department Chair – Vicki Bond or the members of the Health Science Division administrative staff will always be happy to answer your questions or to direct you to someone who can. We’d rather answer one question 15 times than to have you wondering about the answer.

  • Do I really have to “do” the College email thing?

YES! The College email is our official way of communicating with you. This is a privacy issue for you.

Your questions are important to us and we will return phone calls and emails as soon as we can.

Need additional assistance on selecting a career path that is right for you? Want more information on the various resources available to you? Check out Career Services and our Advising websites for additional information!


See Your Adviser!


Advising is all important when it comes to student success.

Pikes Peak Community College want to help you learn and earn that degree.
Vicki Bond is the coordinator and chair of the Medical Reception and Coding programs.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call
Vicki at 719-502-3324
Kim at 719-502-3523.
Or email at either:
You may also contact the division office at 719-502-3336 to make an appointment.