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 2019 program will take place at the VIU Parksville Campus. 

Classes will be during the week, with the potential of an occasion weekend day, for a total of 4 days a week. 

Classes are scheduled to reflect a full-time program; therefore this program is eligible for student loans!

For Parksville Residents Only:

A training and living subsidy is available to eligible Parksville residents for post-secondary training:  https://www.careercentre.org/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.

2019-2020 Important Program Dates*:

Applications Open March 1, 2019
Information Session April 30, 2019
Applications Close** July 31, 2019
Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due 3 weeks after offer of admission
Balance of Tuition Due October 4, 2019
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds after this date) October 4, 2019
Program Start November 5, 2019
Program End February 21, 2020

* Program Dates subject to change

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

2019 - 2020 Program Fees:

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

Program Tuition: $4791.00

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. 

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 November 27, 2018

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