Medical Office Assistant (Technical Certificate)

Award: Technical Certificate
Program of Study: Medical Office Assistant
Program Code: 1158

About This Program . . .

This program prepares individuals to perform routine clinical and administrative functions in health care facilities, primarily medical clinics or physician’s offices.  Students successfully completing this program will be able to perform the administrative tasks of a medical receptionist and work in the clinical areas by providing assistance with physical examinations, diagnostic tests and treatment procedures.

All students successfully completing the program are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Medical Technologists, a national certifying agency, to become a Registered Medical Assistant.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in communication fluency, quantitative fluency, specialized knowledge/applied learning, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Locate, gather and organize evidence on an assigned topic. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Use program-level mathematical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and explain issues in quantitative terms. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Make and defend claims in a well-organized, professional and/or oral presentation that is appropriate for a specific audience. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Identify and gather the information/data relevant to the essential question, issue and/or problem and develop informed conclusions. (Critical Thinking)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or WCCC Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 41 semester hours for the Technical Certificate in Medical Office Assistant.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(41 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

MOAP 110Medical Office Administration4
MOAP 111Introduction to Medical Assisting3
MOAP 130Medical Office Administration Insurance Billing and Coding3
MOAP 133Basic Medical Sciences I4
MOAP 135Basic Medical Sciences II4
MOAP 136Introduction to Clinical Skills2
MOAP 138Medical Assisting Laboratory Skills4
MOAP 140Medical Assisting Clinical Skills4
MOAP 147Medical Terminology4
MOAP 150Pharmacology for Medical Assistants3
MOAP 183Medical Assistant Internship5
MOAP 189Review for Medical Assistant National Exam1
Total Semester Credit Hours41
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MOAP 110 Medical Office Administration 4
MOAP 111 Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MOAP 133 Basic Medical Sciences I 4
MOAP 136 Introduction to Clinical Skills 2
MOAP 147 Medical Terminology 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
MOAP 130 Medical Office Administration Insurance Billing and Coding 3
MOAP 135 Basic Medical Sciences II 4
MOAP 138 Medical Assisting Laboratory Skills 4
MOAP 140 Medical Assisting Clinical Skills 4
MOAP 150 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer Semester
MOAP 183 Medical Assistant Internship 5
MOAP 189 Review for Medical Assistant National Exam 1
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours41

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.