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Medical Office Assistant Certificate

This one year (30 weeks) Certificate program prepares you to manage the flow of electronic and paper-based information in a medical office setting. Our graduates have excellent job prospects and our employment rates are consistently high. You may find employment in medical offices and clinics, hospitals, health and chiropractic centres, insurance agencies, and private businesses. Students may also complete this Certificate online.

Need more info?

Contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre):
Phone: 403-410-1402
Email:info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Courses in Program

Please review course availability when putting together your schedule.

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Click on the course to view the course description and any prerequisite courses. Download the Download the Program Breakdown for traditional classroom delivery or the Online Delivery Schedule.

* Indicates course that is also available online

ADMN 1104 - Introduction to Computers in Health Care (3 credits)*

This course will help develop the knowledge and skills essential for computer applications and their operating systems (Windows, Microsoft Office Suite) for health settings. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is also emphasized.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

HUCL 1101 - Role Concepts in Health Care (3 credits) [Online Only]*

This course introduces the role of the Health Administrative Assistant, and explores the concepts of basic needs, wellness, diversity, time management, communication, and conflict resolution in the health care environment.

Available:
In-class: None
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

HUCL 1401 - Medical Terminology I (3 credits)*

This course offers instruction in the language of medical terminology, and teaches you how to read and interpret commonly used medical terms, symbols, and abbreviations. Topics include rules, prefixes, suffixes, root, combining forms, and basic introduction to body systems.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s): 
None

HUCL 1402 - Medical Terminology II (3 credits)*

This course continues the instruction in the language of medical terminology and builds on the previously learned subject matter in HUCL 1401. Medical Terminology II integrates word components into exploring body systems, pathological conditions, lab and diagnostic procedures, and medication/drug classifications.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
HUCL 1401 - Medical Terminology I

HUCL 1701 - Business Communication for Health Care (3 credits)*

This course provides an introduction to the importance of correct and current business English for the workplace environment. Includes proofreading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, abbreviations, and the opportunity to practice basic writing techniques and basic communication skills.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1104 - Introduction to Computers for Health Care

MOAS 1101 - Introduction to the Medical Office (3 credits)*

This course examines the organizational structures of health and medical offices, ambulatory care centres, the importance of office policies and procedures, medical law, ethics, and safety in a health setting.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MOAS 1201 - Administrative Skills for the Medical Office (3 credits)*

Learn and apply medical administrative skills, including appropriate telephone communications, health record filing and documentation, appointment scheduling, and inventory management.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
MOAS 1101 Introduction to the Medical Office

MOAS 1301 - Financial Management for the Medical Office (3 credits)*

Learn and apply skills of completing financial transactions for the medical office. This course includes basic mathematics, banking, and payroll procedures, as well as health care billing.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MOAS 1401 - Clinical Skills for the Medical Office (3 credits)*

This course provides instruction for a clinical assisting role in a medical office. Learn how vital signs are measured, how to prepare clients and equipment for assessments and procedures, and to complete both patient screening and simple diagnostic tests.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
HUCL 1401 - Medical Terminology I
MOAS 1101 - Introduction to the Medical Office

MOAS 1501 - Electronic Medical Office Management (3 credits)*

This course includes the application of basic medical office skills, medical records, financial transactions, and medical billing in the computerized medical office. Practice is provided by use of practice management software and Patient Care Information Systems.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
HUCL 1401 - Medical Terminology I
MOAS 1101 - Introduction to the Medical Office
MOAS 1301 - Financial Management for the Medical Office

Optional Work Experience

Contact a Student Engagement Officer for more details.

COURSE FEES APPLY

ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation (0 credits)*

This online course prepares students for ADMN 9999 Work Experience and future career. Topics include: work search techniques, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview skills, and success in the workplace. Employment Preparation is open to all Certificate students, and all students in the Legal Assistant Diploma and Interior Decorating Diploma. Employment Preparation is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience; otherwise it is optional. Course fee is $150.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 15 program credits

ADMN 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This optional Work Experience scheduled by the College provides hands-on practice in a workplace located within Calgary. Work Experience is four (4) weeks in length, with the exception of Legal Assistant Diploma, which is six (6) weeks in length. With the direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Regular contact with a Student Engagement Officer is provided and Work Experience requires full-time attendance. Course fee is $200.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit. For further information, contact your Student Engagement Officer.

Prerequisites, effective Fall 2015:
ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation
Minimum 2.60 Cumulative GPA
Minimum B- grade in Business Communication, Communication Fundamentals or Legal Office Communication
TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) completion
Police Information Check
Required Immunization
Recent Standard First Aid & CPR Health Provider course
BVC Eligibility Requirements

To apply to the program, click on Apply Now.