Medical Office Assistant Training

4 Month Full-time Certificate Program (Online)

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 2022 program will take place online. 

Classes will be held online with a face-to-face practicum.

For Parksville Residents Only:

A training and living subsidy is available to eligible Parksville residents for post-secondary training: See Career Centre: Training Support Program

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. Basic computer literacy is required. If you have not recently taken an introductory computer course but are comfortable using computers, please provide a letter outlining the programs you can use, your capability of setting up files and sub-files, saving and printing documents, performing internet searches, etc.
  • Successful completion of OSME 002: Medical Terminology and Anatomy, Physiology (or approved equivalent) taken within the last two years of the program start date.

2021 Important Program Dates*

Description Date
Applications Open June 1, 2021
Information Session Please contact us at PDT.HHS@viu.ca with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. 
Applications Close** October 20, 2021
Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due 3 weeks after offer of admission
Balance of Tuition Due December 10, 2021
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds after this date) December 10, 2021
Program Start January 10, 2022
Program End April 1, 2022

* Program Dates subject to change

** Late applications may be accepted if there is still room in the program

2022 Program Fees

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

  • Program Tuition: ~ $4990
  • Student Union & Activity Fees: ~$150
  • Textbooks: ~ $300

Graduation Requirement

Students must successfully complete all courses and the practicum in order to quality to receive the program certificate.

How to Apply

Apply Online or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required

Useful Links

Program Contact

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant
Professional Development & Training
Faculty of Health & Human Services
PDT.HHS@viu.ca

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 10, 2022
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
No
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
Yes
Admissions Assistant

Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2594
Email: Darlene.Norby@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Karen Blackman
Phone: 250-740-6327

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