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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Medical Sciences

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial, Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation

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Four-Year Degrees at Pikes Peak State College

Office: 719-502-2340

Education: I earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Public Relations from Minnesota State University and a Master of Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from University of Phoenix.
Favorite thing about PPSC: My favorite thing about PPSC is its multiple locations. PPSC has three main campuses and three learning centers. If those options don’t meet your needs, you can also take classes off campus through online learning. Students have the ability to choose where they want to learn.
When not at PPSC: You can find me hiking beautiful trails, thrift store shopping or checking out the local estate sales for some good bargains. Less adventurous days I enjoy reading and hanging out with my fur baby, Rio (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix).

Advice for students: Make friends and get comfortable hanging out by yourself, make friends with your professors. Take school like it's a job and work on building a solid work ethic. Don't be afraid to ask questions in class, speak up for yourself.

What kind of Salary Can You Expect?

Medical Assistant

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Job Growth


The demand for Medical Assisting has increased by 29% per year and is expected to continue to increase dramatically. Additionally, hospitals are shifting toward hiring more graduates with a Medical Assisting degree.

Source: Colorado Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Placement


Upon graduating with the Medical Office Technology degree over 90% of our students get jobs in the industry.

PPSC Employment Data

Medical Assistant Classes You Might Take

PPSC has a wide variety of classes you can take related to health  and wellness. Here are a few:
Pikes Peak State College GEY Trip Garden of the Gods Park

Introduces student to the study and application medico-legal concepts in medical careers. This course seeks to establish a foundation for ethical behavior and decision making in health professions.

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Provides an overview of pharmacology language, abbreviations, systems of measurement and conversions. The Controlled Substances Act, prescriptions, forms of medications, patient care applications, drug classifications/interactions, and safety in drug therapy and patient care are presented. Information regarding the measurement of medications, dosage calculations, routes of administration, and commonly prescribed drugs in the medical office is provided.

Pikes Peak State College Geology Field Trip

Provides hands on experience with the basic clinical skills required for assisting with patient care in an ambulatory setting.

Pikes Peak State College Geology Field Trip Palmer Park

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor.

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Learning Outcomes

You 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.

  • 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.
  • Assist with examinations, treatments, and procedures associated with medical specialties.
  • Collect, handle, and examine laboratory specimens.
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1st semester plan

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Voices of PPCC

Kimberly Moon

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There’s no point in making excuses. If you want it bad enough, you’re going to make it work. Pikes Peak Community College has changed my life. That’s just a fact.

Kimberly Moon
Mother of four and future nurse



Medical Assisting Faculty

Vicki Bond
(719) 502-3700

Melissa Serna
(719) 502- 3407


Kim Kirkland
(719) 502-3523

Advising Team

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