Faculty & Staff Details

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Karen Garcia

(303) 404-5115
Westminster Campus
Office Location
Westminster Campus Allied Health

Karen is a RMA, RPT, RAHI, a member of the AMT (American Medical Technologist) and a certified BLS\CPR Instructor with the AHA (American Heart Association). Karen has extensive experience teaching at both proprietary education and community colleges. Her experience in the medical field comes from the hospital setting and a privately owned clinic where she did a range of functions both clinical (vitals, phlebotomy, IV, assisting in minor surgeries, precipitous deliveries) and front office duties (billing\coding, scheduling patients and patient registration). Karen also volunteers and is heavily involved in the community with her responsibilities as the 9 News Health Fair Adams County Medical Trainer. Her experience and training has also allowed her to volunteer in Vietnam with Face the Challenge, a nonprofit group that travels to Vietnam to perform over 100 life altering surgeries and train the doctors and hospital staff in Vietnam to continue to offer those services.
Teaching Philosophy
The ability to transform students’ lives and give them marketable skills, to allow them to enter the job force and become self-reliant.
Teaching Experience
2014-Present Full-time Allied Health\HIT instructor at Front Range Community College
2009-Present Adjunct faculty at the Community College of Denver
2009-2014 Adjunct faculty at Westwood College
2010-2011 Adjunct faculty at Colorado Technical University
2005-2009 Medical Assistant Program Chair\Faculty at Kaplan College
2002-2005 Medical Assistant faculty at PIMA Medical Institute
Colorado State University, M.S., Teaching and Learning, 2012
Kaplan University, B.S., Health and Wellness, 2010
PIMA Medical Institute, Certificate, Medical Assistant, 2000
Courses Taught
  • Medical Terminology- online and on ground
  • Advance Medical Terminology- online and on ground
  • Basic Medical Services I – Hybrid
  • Basic Medical Services II- Hybrid
  • Basic Medical Services III- Hybrid
  • CPR for Professionals- on ground
  • Health Info Practicum II- on ground
Additional Information

Honors, Awards, Publications

2005 Faculty of the Year, PIMA Medical Institute