School and Ranking Information
Students seeking a medical assisting degree program in Denver can choose from four schools within a 100-mile radius of the downtown area. Based on program offerings, graduation rates, and distance from Denver, the top three schools with medical assisting degree programs are:
- Winner: Morgan Community College (MCC) is 83 miles from Denver. However, it was the top choice among the three because it was the only school with medical assisting certificate and associate's degree programs. MCC received national recognition from the Washington Monthly, as well as further recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Runner-Up #1: Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) offers the highest graduation rate and certificate programs in medical assisting, medical administrative assistant, and medical clerical.
- Runner-Up #2: Community College of Denver (CCD) offers certificate and degree programs for students interested in becoming administrative assistants in the medical profession.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Morgan Community College||Emily Griffith Technical College||Community College of Denver|
|Location||Fort Morgan, CO (83 miles from downtown Denver)||Denver, CO||Denver, CO|
|School Type||2-year, public||Less than 2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$2,962 (in-state, undergraduate), $11,263 (out-of-state, undergraduate)*||$4,462 (medical assisting program cost minus books and materials)***||$2,962 (in-state, undergraduate), $11,263 (out-of-state, undergraduate)*|
|Medical Assisting Degree Levels Offered||Certificates; associate's degree||Certificates||Certificates; associate's degree|
|Medical Assisting Degrees (All Levels) Awarded in 2011-2012||12*||27*||N/A|
|Most Popular Medical Assisting Program in 2011-2012||1-2 Year Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (7 awarded)*||1-2 Year Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (27 awarded)*||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2008 Entering Class||37%*||88%*||11%*|
|Noteworthy||One of 12 community colleges earning honor roll recognition in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2013 'Great Colleges to Work For'**||Serves about 10,000 students annually, including 350 high school dropouts||Its 17,000 students makes CCD the third largest community college in Colorado|
Sources: * NCES College Navigator, **Morgan Community College, ***Emily Griffith Technical College
Winner: Morgan Community College
- The overall student-faculty ratio is 12:1, according to the NCES
- 36th among Washington Monthly's 2010 list of America's 50 best community colleges
- In 2011-2012, 90% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to the NCES
A diversified student body at the five MCC campuses can pursue 50 vocational and academic educational opportunities. The non-nursing health occupations include an associate's degree in medical assisting, as well as certificates in medical office clinical and administrative assisting. The degree program requires 60 credits, with the certificate programs requiring 40 or 43 credits. The curriculum for all programs emphasize teaching various skills, including those related to communications, anatomy, mathematics, emergency response, and computer technology. The degree program further includes clinical and administration coursework, like insurance billing, pharmacology, lab work, finances, and English.
Runner-Up #1: Emily Griffith Technical College
- Certificate holders prepared to take the registered medical assistant exam
- Non-paid medical assistant internship is available
The 14 available programs from the College of Health Sciences at EGTC include medical assisting and medical administrative assistant or clerical certificates. The 41-credit medical assisting certificate program includes courses, laboratory work, and internships covering study areas such as medical sciences and terminology, office administration, law, and ethics. Another course offers review for students taking the medical assistant national exam. A required internship exposes students to business and clinical procedures in health facilities.
Students taking the 42-credit administrative assistant certificate program and the 19-credit clerical certificate program need to take numerous courses in keyboarding and computer applications. Administrative students are required further courses covering insurance billing, English, and management issues.
Runner-Up #2: Community College of Denver
- CCD offers more than 100 certificates and degree programs in 41 areas of study
- The Higher Learning Commission regionally accredits CCD
- Over 50% of CCD students are minority students, according to the NCES
CCD at its campus in downtown Denver offers a variety of business technology certificate and degree programs, including offerings to become a medical administrative assistant. The 62-credit degree program for administrative assistants in the medical profession includes general education and core requirements, in addition to 26 credits required for major coursework. The medical administrative assistant major curriculum emphasizes work in accounting, medical terminology, office and records management, and keyboarding. The 24-credit certificate program offers similar coursework. CCD's business technology offerings also include office manager degree and certificate programs.