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FRCC Opens Medical Assisting Certificate Programs at Westminster, Larimer Campuses

With more than 500 job openings per year in Colorado for medical assistants, Front Range Community College brings its Medical Assistant certificate program to campuses in Westminster and Fort Collins.

“Community colleges start or expand programs to meet the needs of industry and the workforce demands of their communities” said Gillian McKnight-Tutein, chief academic officer and vice president for student and academic services. “FRCC already has an accredited medical assisting certificate at the Boulder County Campus, and programs will start at the Westminster and Larimer campuses in August.”

The 39-credit certificate can be completed in two or three semesters, depending on the student’s course load.

  • The Westminster Campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave., has information sessions at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month in room A-0211. Contact Karen Garcia, Allied Health faculty, at karen.garcia@frontrange.edu or (303) 404-5115.
  • The Larimer Campus, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, has information sessions at 6 p.m. July 10, July 18, July 31, and Aug. 8 in Blanca Peak Room 143. Contact Angie Peach, program director, at angie.peach@frontrange.edu or (970) 204-8218.
  • For information about the Boulder County Campus program, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont, contact Kari Williams, program director, at kari.williams@frontrange.edu or (9=303) 678-3833.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other health-care facilities.

Administrative skills are developed in the areas of medical office procedures, written communications, financial management, insurance billing, International Classification of Diseases – 10th (ICD-10) Edition, and Physicians Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding.

Clinical skills include assisting with patient intake, physical examinations, diagnostic tests, and treatment procedures, including administration of medications and first aid.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reports an average of 548 job openings for medical assistants per year in Colorado for the next eight years.


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FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

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The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.

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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.