Programs & Courses

Medical Office Assistant

CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION

This program prepares graduates to work in the fast-paced field of health professionals and perform administrative duties in medical offices and clinics, hospitals, health and chiropractic centres, insurance agencies, and private businesses. 

The Medical Office Assistant duties can include front desk reception, making patient/client appointments, preparing charts, record keeping, Alberta Health Care billing, basic medical transcription and working with different departments within hospitals. An in-depth foundation in medical terminology provides a base for working in the medical field.

Program At a Glance:

  • Offered at the Medicine Hat campus
  • Delivered part-time, in-person

Program Contact

For more information, contact:

Shannan Hurlbut
Tel: 403.529.3849
shurlbut@mhc.ab.ca

Medical Terminology is the prerequisite for the Hospital Unit Clerk program. In order to successfully complete the course, students must earn a grade of 75% or better.

Required Courses
Tuition Textbook/Materials Additional Notes
       
Medical Terminology
42 hours
Delivered 1 evening per week
$695 + GST

Required Textbook:
$150 (Approx)
Purchase at MHC Bookstore

Materials (Optional):
$35 + GST
Purchase at time of registration

This is the prerequisite for the Hospital Unit Clerk program. In order to successfully complete the course, students must earn a grade of 75% or better and have a minimum of 85% attendance.

Midterm and Final exams are scheduled on Monday at 6pm halfway through the course and at the end of the course.

Required Textbook: Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach; (Gylys & Wedding, 2017)

Procedures and Ethics of the Medical Office $945 + GST Required Materials: $45 + GST
Purchase at time of registration
In order to successfully complete the course, students must earn a grade of 75% or better and have a minimum of 85% attendance.
Productivity and Workplace Communication
12 hours
Blended Online component and 1 Saturday
$395 + GST

Intro to MS Office Applications
6 hours
$159 + GST N/A ed2go online equivalent: Computer Skills for the Workplace
MS Word Level 1
6 hours
$195 + GST N/A ed2go online equivalent: Introduction to Microsoft Word 2019/Office 365
Keyboarding/ Skillbuilding I: www.typing.com FREE N/A Proof of typing a minimum of 30 wpm with 90% accuracy is required.
Standard First Aid with Level C CPR Approx. $150
Standard First Aid with Level C CPR can be taken through any authorized training provider.
In order to complete the Certificate, students must:
  • successfully complete all of the required courses.
  • apply for the Certificate upon successful completion of all required courses. Certificate request forms are available at the Continuing Studies office.

If you are a graduate of Medicine Hat College's Administrative Office Professional (AOP) certificate, you can receive advanced standing in the Medical Office Assistant certificate program. With your AOP certificate, and successful completion of Medical Terminology, Procedures and Ethics, and Standard First Aid with Level C CPR, you will receive a Medical Office Assistant certificate. PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) will be provided for the computer skills training and keyboarding requirements, as well as the "Productivity and Workplace Communication" course requirements.