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Pikes Peak Community College's Medical Assistant Programs is Ranked #1st best among the top 16 Medical Assisting Programs in the Colorado for the year 2021.











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Analyzsis Criteria: Tuition fee affordability, the number of courses, student-faculty ratio, last cohort’s retention rates, financial aid, placement services, counselling services, and satisfied students.

Program updates begin Summer 2020. Please review documents on the FAQ & Resources tab.


Why choose Medical and Clinical Office Assistant at PPCC?

Becoming a Medical Assistant is a perfect way to start a career in the healthcare field. U.S. News ranked medical assisting #18 in its list of Best Healthcare Support Jobs and #81 in its 100 Best Jobs list, noting salary and future job growth among the job’s positive attributes.

Whether you want to work in a physician’s office or in a hospital outpatient clinic, the potential to obtain either a certification or degree is right here. You can work in the clinical areas with direct patient care and/or office administration.

This program is based at the Centennial Campus on South Academy Blvd. 

What do PPCC Medical Assistant students study?

The field of Medical Assisting is expanding in Colorado faster than average and hospitals and healthcare clinics are beginning to hire more medical office staff & clinical assistants to fulfill these foundation roles.

At PPCC Medical Assistant (program information word document)or Clinical Office Assistant (program information word document) students will learn to assist with clinical and administrative functions as employees within the healthcare field.

Students will become familiar with the health care system, medical terminology, interpersonal relationships, learn how to apply medical clinical skills and assist patients in their healthcare.

Students will also learn general pharmacology, clinical and laboratory skills, phlebotomy, an introduction to medical office management. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology (study of diseases) are also completed.

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Program Learning outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at, in the completion of these programs. PLO's link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

AAS Medical Assistant Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe body system structures and/or, disorders, and/or diseases.
  2. Discuss legal and/or ethical issues as applicable to medical practices.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  4. Perform medical administrative and/or financial tasks.
  5. Perform accepted clinical and/or laboratory skills for the ambulatory care setting.

Clinical Office Assistant Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals to work in clinics or physicians’ offices as clinical assistants. Successful graduates from this program will be able to provide physicians assistance with physical examinations, diagnostic tests, in-office laboratory testing and treatment procedures.

Upon completion of the Clinical Office Assistant Certificate, students should be able to:

  • Manage patient accounts and records (e.g., coding, billing, bookkeeping).
  • Illustrate the normal functions and common pathologies of body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological).
  • Interpret the use and side effects of drugs commonly used to treat diseases affecting body systems.
  • Perform administrative duties used in medical offices.
  • Perform examinations, treatments, and procedures associated with medical  specialties.
  • Collect, handle, and examine laboratory specimens.

Classes You Might Take

Teaches the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and drug therapy of the immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. A discussion of pediatric implications as they relate to clinical physiology will also be covered. Students may take MOT 125, MOT 133 and MOT 135 in any order, but all three courses must be completed to meet the Basic Medical Sciences requirement.
Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government.
Provides supervised placement in contracted facility for guided experience in application of knowledge and skill acquired in the classroom. The student assists with a variety of business and clinical procedures. Positions are non-paid due to CAAHEP requirement. Student must have permission by program coordinator to begin internship.

Career Options

Degrees in Medical Assistant or Certification as a Clinical Office Assistant allow you to perform job duties in a medical clinic or office, such as taking vitals up to assisting in minor surgical procedures.

  • Medical Assistant
  • Urgent care clinical assistant
  • Ambulatory care clinical assistant
  • Degree option: Medical Office Manager

Careers in MOT

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