3 Month Full-time Certificate Program

Build your career in the health care field. The Medical Office Assistant supports doctors and other health care professionals in a variety of medical settings.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates will be prepared for employment as Medical Office Assistants in medical offices and specialist offices. Skills may also be transferable to positions in other medical settings.

Program Content:

The program consists of the following courses:

  • Pharmacology For The Medical Office
  • Interpersonal Skills In The Medical Environment
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Computerized Medical Billing
  • Keyboarding And Computers In The Medical Environment
  • Medical Transcription
  • Observational Practicum for MOA's
  • Practicum

Course Delivery:

Medical Office Assistant Certificate Program

The 2018 program will take place at Nanaimo & Parksville Campuses.  Classes may be during the day, evenings and weekends, 3 to 4 days a week.  Classes are scheduled to reflect a full-time program; therefore this program is eligible for student loans.

Admission Requirements:

  • Math 11: Intro to Math 11, Trades Math 11, Applications or Principles of Math 11, Math 041, 045, 046, 047, Accounting 11 or the MOA Math Assessment Test
  • English 12, with a minimum mark of "C", or equivalent, or the MOA English Assessment Test
  • Keyboarding: 40 correct wpm required
  • Computer Skills: successful completion of Introduction to Computers within the past 2 years, OR, a letter with your application detailing the systems and programs you use and know
  • Successfull completion of OSME 002: Medical Terminology and Anatomy, Physiology (or approved equivalent) taken within the last two years.

Next Intake:

The Medical Office Assistant Certificate program will not be offered in 2018/2019 in order to undergo curriculum revisions.  We look forward to launching the program again in 2019/2020!  

Please refer to the Program Availability List for more information on all Professional Development & Training certificate programs and other opportunities. 

Program Contact:

Deidre Godwin, Program Assistant

Professional Development & Training

Faculty of Health & Human Services

Deirdre.Godwin@viu.ca

250-740-6322

Revised April 2018

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