Medical Assistant Programs in Colorado

Medical assistants in Colorado are one of the best paid in the nation. With a mean salary of over $32,500 per year, Denver belongs to the list of top 10 metro areas to practice this profession considering that it is one of the Colorado cities that has the highest absolute number of jobs relative to population. Among the metro areas in Colorado, Denver has more than 3,600 jobs for medical assistants (open and filled positions) as compared to Colorado Springs with around 900 active practitioners and Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo, and Greeley with less than 700 jobs against the population.

Getting Started in the Medical Assisting Career

With only a high school diploma, some medical assistants are trained on the job, which is how they were able to break into the field. However, most employers prefer hiring those who have already received formal educational training and certification because that would mean lesser time spent guiding the new employee about office procedures.

A certification course in medical assistance is your easiest way to get into the profession. You can complete the course within a year of study. The two-year course will lead you to the associate's degree in medical assisting. Both programs include internship in a hospital, a physician's office, or any other healthcare facility that accepts student interns. Ensure that your chosen school is accredited by CAAHEP or ABHES.

After completing your chosen course of study, your next hurdle is passing the certification test for medical assistants. Although this is not mandatory, having yourself certified further boosts your chances of success when it comes to finding employment. It shows that you have met certain standards of expertise in your field. You may opt to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam conducted by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) test conducted by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) board.

However, only those who have graduated from accredited medical assisting schools are allowed to take certification exams.

Medical Assisting Schools in Colorado

Most schools in Colorado that offers medical assistant courses are accredited by either CAAHEP or ABHES, thus, it would be easy for you to train and prepare for certification afterwards. Enquire about scholarship and funding options from the list of colleges below as well eligibility requirements, placement history, accreditation and career placement services.

Accredited by CAAHEP

  • Everest College (Medical Assistant Diploma, Medical Assistant Associate Degree, Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma)
  • National American University (Medical Assisting A.A.S., Medical Administrative Assistant A.A.S.)
  • Red Rocks Community College (Medical Assistant Program – certificate)
  • Westwood College (Medical Assisting Associate Degree)
  • Arapahoe Community College (Medical Assisting Certificate)
  • Community College of Denver (Medical Assistant Program – certificate)
  • Front Range Community College (Medical Assisting –certificate)

Accredited by ABHES

  • Heritage University (Associate of Occupational Studies – X-Ray Medical Technician-Medical Assistant, Medical Assistant Associate Degree)
  • Prima Medical Institute (Medical Assistant – certificate)
  • Anthem College (Medical Assistant, Medical Assisting – diploma)

Coursework Involved

The program of study for medical assistants consists of two parts, the classroom/clinical instruction and the internship program.

Subjects typically include body systems, pharmacology, medical terminology, allied health laws, patient communication methods, medical assisting, and patient assessment. On the administrative side, you will learn about office and administrative procedures, medical coding and claims, reimbursement methods, insurance forms, and telephone techniques/phone skills, among others.

Colorado and National Salaries for Medical Assistants

Location Pay Period 2011
10% Median 90%
United States Hourly

Table 1 Salary Data Source: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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