Medical Office Assistant Training

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 2021 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:

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*:

Applications Open June 15, 2020
Information Session Please contact Deirdre Godwin at with any specific questions, and she will be happy to respond. 
Applications Close** November 16, 2020
Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due 3 weeks after offer of admission
Balance of Tuition Due November 27, 2020
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds after this date) November 27, 2020
Program Start January 2021
Program End April 2021

* Program Dates subject to change

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

2021 Program Fees:

All Tuition and Fees are subject to final approvals

Program Tuition: ~ $4890

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

Program Contact:

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant
Professional Development & Training
Faculty of Health & Human Services

Revised August 26, 2020

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Accepting International Applications
Application Fee
Accepting Late Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2594

Chair Contact

Name: TBA

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