Medical Assistant

About the Program

Become a medical assistant in only 12 months and join one of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields.

Apply to take the first step in becoming part of a medical team. Whether you work in a physician’s office or in a hospital, you will be trained to perform administrative and clinical duties, becoming a key player in the healthcare team. As a medical assistant, you will provide direct patient care, perform basic laboratory tests, draw blood, and assist with minor surgical procedures. In addition, you will also learn what it takes to run an effective medical office through your administrative duties such as

  • maintaining patient records and schedules,
  • arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services, and
  • working directly with insurance companies for billing.

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the national registry to become a credentialed medical assistant. Once you pass the credentialing exam, you become a recognized professional in the field of medical assisting and become more marketable in an increasingly popular field.

The medical assistant certificate program at Community College of Denver has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 - 727.210.2350). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 


  • Complete the certificate in medical assisting in four semesters.
  • Students progress through the classes and externship together as a cohort.
  • 180-hour externship.
  • Take the national certificate examination in your last semester of coursework.


  • To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains by providing curriculum relating to general study, patient care skills and administrative / business skills.
  • To retain and graduate 80 percent of our medical assistant students with their certificate (47 credits).
  • To have 85 percent of retained and graduated medical assistant students be either placed in employment tied to their credential or continuing their education to pursue a higher degree within six (6) months of completing their medical assisting certificate program.