Medical Assisting

Earn your Medical Assisting Diploma or Degree from IBMC College

Available in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Colorado Springs & Cheyenne

Medical Assisting classes begin November 7th, 2016

About The Medical Assistant School Programs

Earn a Medical Assisting Degree or Diploma in as little as 15-19* months.

In less than two years, you could be starting a new, rewarding career as a healthcare professional! Applying for medical assistant school is the first step in getting started with the program. Clinical Medical Assistants provide vital support to doctors and nurses. Medical assistants often love helping people and caring for patients in doctor’s offices, clinics, and non-critical settings.

Every student wonders about the healthcare jobs they may get after finishing school. In this role, some of your tasks might include:

  • Assisting physicians in exam rooms
  • Initial exam room patient interviews
  • Taking patient vital signs
  • Preparing lab specimens

A Medical Assistant Degree offers great opportunity for a booming career. It is an associate’s degree, so it requires more coursework and hands-on training to prepare you to work with patients. Typically, when students follow the prescribed program, they can graduate in as little as 19 months.

A Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma prepares students for numerous entry-level healthcare jobs, too. Students may complete the program in 15 months. Read on to learn about career opportunities, job outlook, and salary averages.

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What To Expect as a Student

As a Medical Assisting student at IBMC College, you will attend lecture classes with our devoted instructors and work with other students in hands-on labs. Yes, school means hard work, and tests too, but tests show the school – and yourself – that you’re ready to help people as a healthcare professional! Plus, IBMC’s one-on-one instruction, peer and supportive faculty, help to ensure you reach your career goals. Whether you’re working toward your first job or starting a new career, IBMC will make sure you are ready to succeed.

Because most of your classes are career-relevant, you’ll earn your degree or diploma as quickly as possible. Here is a small sample of courses and hands-on learning:

Medical Assisting Courses:

  • Emergency Procedures
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Structure & Movement
  • Clinical Skills

Hands-On Instruction:

  • Injections
  • Vital sign measurements
  • EKGs and radiography
  • Administrative and front office skills

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During the last five weeks of your coursework, you will test your new skills through a hands-on externship in a physician’s office, clinic, or healthcare facility.

IBMC College wants you to be successful in your new career! When you graduate our career placement assistance team will work with you and provide the resources you need to build a career in the healthcare field.

Flexible Schedules for Your Busy Life

Whether you’re looking to attend class full-time or need more flexibility, both programs offer course scheduling options for the morning, afternoon or evening, in most cases, at all campuses. Because may need flexibility with work, kids or life, you can balance it all while preparing toward for your new job career. Our Admissions Representatives will help you explore your opportunities and explain the different possibilities to meet your own graduation schedule.

We offer our complete Medical Assisting programs in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne, so there is sure to be a campus near you.

Details About the Medical Assisting Program

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The objective of this program is to provide you with the skills and knowledge that will enable you to qualify for an entry-level position as a medical assistant.


  • Class sizes offer an optimal teacher to student ratio
  • A mix of lecture, labs, and clinical externship provide a well-rounded balance of learning materials
  • Flexible schedules allow for individuals to customize the program to work with their personal needs
  • Attend any of five campuses, from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Career placement assistance to help you succeed after graduation
  • Diploma courses may be applied toward the Medical Assistant Degree program

Whether you choose to get your diploma or degree, both paths will allow you to enter the healthcare field as a medical assistant.

Medical Assisting Degree This is a full associate degree program that prepares students to be serious professionals who are ready to invest the time and energy to earn a rewarding career. Degree students dig deeper into the medical classes, learn about psychology and communications, and conquer the math and computer skills needed in a modern clinical setting. These classes add 30 credit hours over the diploma curriculum and may be used towards getting your bachelor’s degree* in the future.

  • 90 credit hours (25 classes)
  • Provides a strong medical foundation healthcare foundation including instruction in medical terminology, office and clinical procedures, basic anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology
  • Offers additional training in radiography, pharmacology, and general education courses
  • Degree may be used towards a bachelor’s degree
  • Meets General Education Requirements for A.O.S. Degree

Download a full list of Medical Assisting Degree Classes. [pdf]

* Check with individual institution to verify transferability.

Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma The diploma program is a great option for those who want to start their career in a shorter amount of time. If you’re just out of school, ready to make a career change, or not yet ready to take on the degree level classwork, the diploma program offers a path to rewarding work in the healthcare industry. If you decide to go for the medical assisting degree in the future, your diploma credits can be used towards a degree program at IBMC College. Your diploma credits may also apply toward an associate degree* at other institutions.

  • 60 credit hours (17 classes)
  • The emphasis is on clinical skills including instruction in medical terminology, medical insurance billing, medical office procedures, medical clinical procedures, as well as instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.
  • Diploma courses may be applied toward the Medical Assistant Degree program

Download a full list of Medical Assisting Diploma Classes. [pdf]

* Check with individual institution to verify transferability.

Certifications make you a more marketable and valuable job candidate. They show potential employers that you have successfully completed the relevant coursework and medical training needed to do the job, and that you are dedicated to success in healthcare. Certain jobs require specific certifications. When you graduate IBMC you’ll have the certificates you need to get to work!

In addition to receiving your degree or diploma, your course work will also provide you with the following certifications:

  • Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) or Nationally Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • Nationally Registered Phlebotomy Technician
  • BLS and First Aid Certification (Adult, Child, and Infant)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Blood-borne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission
The press has been buzzing about the uptick in medical facilities all across our state. What does that mean for Coloradans seeking healthcare careers? You have a high probability of finding a career after graduation. At IBMC College, we want to help you get employed in those new hospitals and clinics opening across Colorado. The Denver Post recently reported a new Children’s Hospital will open in 2018 and could employ up to 500 employees. Local Colorado Springs news station, KOAA5, reports plans are in the works for a new Penrose St. Francis Health Services hospital in the city. The Denver Business Journal reported last year a new University of Colorado Health hospital in the Longmont area is expected to open late this year or early 2017, creating nearly 500 part-time jobs and 200 full-time jobs. Read more about healthcare careers in Colorado.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of Medical Assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average of all occupations through 2024 — an employment increase of 23%.*

There are many types of healthcare positions, and no one can say exactly which jobs you will find. Other IBMC graduates and people with similar training have found employment by/as:

  • Receptionist
  • Medical Records
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Companies
  • Physician’s Practice
  • Pediatric Clinic
  • Healthcare Offices
  • Medical Secretary
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Surgery Scheduler

The different roles in this profession assure you a fast-moving and challenging career — a career for people who want knowledge of the medical field and enjoy helping and working with others!

To help you find your first job, IBMC offers career placement assistance which is offered to current students and post-graduates.

Employment outlook Where do IBMC graduates work

Read more: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook*

*These are national statistics and not geographically assigned. For more information, visit the Career Services Department at IBMC College.
What does Medical Assisting school cost? The full tuition cost depends on the program you choose, military status, and financial aid you may receive. Get the details on your specific program and personal needs: Medical Assisting Degree Medical Assisting Degree – Colorado Springs Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma Financial Services information Military Benefits

Q: What is the difference between the Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma and Medical Assisting degree? A: Both are occupational training programs for the healthcare industry. The main differences are the amount of training and job opportunities upon graduation. Degree programs are generally full associate degrees that cost more and require more coursework. Usually, people with degrees earn more than people with diplomas. A Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma prepares students for entry level healthcare jobs. Diploma programs generally cost less and require less coursework.

Q: What do medical assistants do? A: Medical assistants work with doctors and nurses as they care for patients in non-critical care settings including physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and healthcare facilities. They also play important roles in the office. Medical assistants perform tasks such as:

  • Injections
  • Vital sign measurements
  • Phlebotomy
  • Preparation of lab specimens
  • Equipment sterilization
  • EKGs and radiography
  • Dressing changes and suture removal
  • Administrative and front office

Q: How much do medical assistants make? A: The median wage was $30,590 for medical assistants in May 2015*. Every person and every job is different. Job prospects for medical assistants are good with employment projected increase 23 percent from 2014 to 2024.*

* Find more detailed information in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition for medical assistants. []

Q: What skills do medical assisting students learn? A: Medical assistants are trained in a number of important clinical and healthcare tasks supporting nurses and physicians to serve patients with non-critical care. Medical assistant classes teach students to perform tasks like these [What do medical assistants do]. Classes Cover topics like:

  • Emergency Procedures
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiography
  • Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Assisting
  • Laboratory Techniques

Degree students also explore general education topics including:

  • English Communications
  • College Mathematics
  • Psychology of Success

Q: What are the prerequisites for the MA programs? A: Our medical assisting programs require a high school diploma or equivalent, and students must be at least 18 years of age. No other education or work experience is needed.

Q: Is lab work included or required for a Clinical Medical Assisting Diploma or degree? A: Yes, students study in hands-on laboratory settings, learning from dedicated instructors and interacting with fellow students.

Q: Where are medical assisting classes offered? A: IBMC offers both degree and diploma medical assisting programs at all of our Colorado and Wyoming campuses; Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne.

Q: What is an A.O.S. degree? A: A.O.S. stands for Associate in Occupational Studies. A typical two year associate degree program consists of general education classes and specialized subject-specific coursework. Similar associates degrees Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees and Associate in Business Administration (A.B.A.).

Q: What can I do with an associate degree? A: Occupational associate degrees are designed for specific industries and prepare students to begin work as soon as they graduate. People with associate’s degrees generally earn more than people with only a high school diploma. Classwork for an associate degree is often transferrable if you choose to continue your education with a bachelor’s degree. Contact the individual institution to see if credits transfer.

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*As prescribed, IBMC’s Medical Assisting programs can be completed in 15-19 months.

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