May 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant Certificate - Academic Plan

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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.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 29

Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
BIO 1004   - Biology: A Human Approach: GT-SC1 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
HPR 1008   - Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professions 2 No Yes Yes Yes
HPR 1040   - Comprehensive Medical Terminology 3 No Yes Yes Yes
MAP 1010   - Medical Office Administration 4 No Yes Yes No
MAP 2038   - Medical Assisting Laboratory 4 Yes No Yes No
MAP 2040   - Medical Assisting Clinical Skills 4 Yes Yes No No
MAP 1050   - Pharmacology for Medical Assistants 3 No Yes No No
MAP 1083   - Medical Assistant Internship 5 No No Yes Yes


Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)


  • Due to pre-requisites and course offerings progression and completion time varies.
  • If a student Fails or Withdraws from two or more classes, then they will be reviewed and offered further advising from the Program Chair. There is a possibilitly that the student will not be allowed to complete the program.
  • MAP 2038  and MAP 2040  MUST be taken before, or with, the internship (these courses are only offered in certain semesters).
  • MAP 1083  requires department permission to enroll and is completed during the final semester when ALL prior classes, background check, CPR/BLS card and proof of all immunizations are produced.
  • Refer to the 2022/2023 Catalog for program admission, elective course and graduation requirements; consult the MOT Department for specific course planning information and guidance and utilize DegreeCheck to monitor progress. To graduate from this program, visit and submit the graduation application by the deadline. This information is subject to change without notice. Information regarding median loan debt, completion and placement rates, occupations and tuition / fees may be found at
  • Suggested course sequence or progression are shown below based on a fall or spring semester start and the demographic of typical students.
  • This certificate REQUIRES departmental advising; therefore a suggested personal course sequence will be determined according to the student’s schedule. Student must email program chair to schedule advising.

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