Skip to main content

Medical Office Technology / Medical Assistant

Prepare for a job in the healthcare industry with a Medical Office Technology or Medical Assistant certificate from Arapahoe Community College.

Medical Office Technology student

Do you want to be an integral and supportive part of a healthcare provider's practice – then gain these skills at ACC! Our Medical Office Technology program is designed to develop your skills and place you in outpatient care facilities. Our program is designed in a “step-manner,” which will allow you to enter the workforce as soon as possible, while continuing your education in class. Our students have gone on to work for Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus, and even here at ACC!

Deby Stutman
Program Chair / Faculty
Medical Office Technology
deby.stutman [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

When you complete the Medical Assistant program you will be prepared to take the American Medical Technologists (AMT) or NCCT certification exams so you can get a job as a fully fledged MA for the front and back office of a physician’s office. In addition to doing reception work in the office, an MA also does patient care including laboratory work and injections. The Administrative Assistant certificate prepares you to work the front office/reception area of physician’s officers. The Billing & Reimbursement certificate is the path to become a billing specialist in an ambulatory care setting.

CIP 510801 (MA4)

The Medical Assistant Certificate enables a student to get a job as a fully-fledged MA for the front and back office of a medical office. In addition to doing reception work in the office, an MA also does patient care including laboratory work and injections in an ambulatory care facility. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the correlation between theory and clinical practice while exercising critical thinking proficiency.

Admission Requirements

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for these certificates/degrees must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • Medical Office Technology (MOT) courses must be taken within five years of a student's graduation.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

CIP 510705 (MOAA)

The Administrative Assistant certificate enables students to work the front office/reception area of physician's offices. The MOT curriculum is designed to facilitate the correlation between theory and clinical practice while exercising critical thinking proficiency.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Total: 9 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for these certificates/degrees must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • Medical Office Technology (MOT) courses must be taken within five years of a student's graduation.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

CIP 510714 (MED6)

The Billing and Reimbursement Certificate prepares students to perform the process of coding, billing and reconciling the payment process as related to an ambulatory care facility.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Major Courses (25 credit hours)
1 Credits *
Note(s):

*Students must receive Department Chair approval prior to enrolling in the Capstone class.

Total: 25 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for these certificates/degrees must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • Medical Office Technology (MOT) courses must be taken within five years of a student's graduation.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

Job Potential

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics state that employment for Medical Assistants (MAs) is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022. The Colorado projected percent change in medical assistant employment between 2012 and 2022 is expected to be +27%. The expected number of yearly job postings in Colorado is about 390. The BLS showed the median hourly wage for medical assistants in Colorado is $15.57 and the median annual wage is $32,400. As a certified MOT, employment is available (Colorado and nationwide) in:

What is the cost of ACC's MOT Program?

Based on the certificate you choose and your COF (College Opportunity Fund) eligibility, the estimated cost is:

  • Medical Assistant Certificate- Approximately $7500 including books and supplies
  • Billing and Reimbursement Certificate- Approximately $8000 including books and supplies
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate- Approximately $3200 including books and supplies

You will also be responsible for the cost of immunizations, background check, drug screening and any nominal costs associated with clinical affiliations.

For further information regarding Tuition and Fees and COF, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Additional MOT Student Information

MOT / MAP Program Data

According to internship site / employer surveys returned for the 2018/19 Medical Assisting Graduates 100% of the provider sites agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that the “ACC Program prepared the graduate to perform all appropriate clinical and administrative skills required for entry level jobs in the field.” This shows that ACC is teaching current industry standards and requirements in order to meet employer needs.

According to surveys returned for the 2018/19 graduates (7 surveys); 6 students (85.7%) had Medical Assisting jobs within days of completing their internship.

According to graduate surveys returned for the 2016-2018 period (8 surveys); 6 students retained employment in health care 3 months after graduation. From those 8 surveys, 5 students chose to take one of the available certification examinations for Certified Medical Assistant Status* - 100% of those who took an examination, passed.

*Certification exams were either CMA, RMA or NCMA.