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Medical Office Assistant- Nova Scotia

Medical Office Assistant

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Admission Requirements

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Completion of the ‘Wonderlic’ Scholastic Level Equivalent test - with a score of 18 points or better
  • Successful completion of admissions interview and testing for adequate entry-level skills
  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, and meet the minimum provincial age requirement
  • A clear and relevant Criminal Records Check
  • A good command of the English language (written and oral)
  • An adequate level of physical health to meet the requirements of the program and prospective employment

Program Highlights

With the aging population, the tremendous increase in technology, and our demand for the best quality of life, the healthcare industry is facing a growing shortage of well-trained personnel. Throughout the North American healthcare industry, there is an acute need to increase the size of the workforce as well as to raise the skill level of that workforce.

This program is designed to provide employment-ready, comprehensively trained graduates. Successful graduates will be eligible to receive the CMAP – Certified Medical Assisting Professional designation in addition to their diploma. These graduates are fully qualified to work in a hands-on, administrative/clinical support capacity in any medical field.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings and occupations. Job titles vary per location, but graduates are an integral part of many healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospital admitting/ER departments, such as switchboard, cashier, information, patient registration, or morgue
  • Ambulatory/outpatient departments
  • Diagnostic lab/x-ray departments
  • Medical finance and administrative departments
  • OR booking/bed booking
  • Health records departments
  • Long-term and extended care departments
  • Physicians’ offices, clinics, mental healthcare, and allied healthcare centres;
  • Walk-in care centres;
  • Daycare and ambulatory clinics.
  • Complementary and alternative medicine clinics, such as chiropractic and acupuncture centres
  • Research facilities
  • Lab and x-ray clinics
  • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinics
  • Group homes and community living societies
  • Medical supply companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Wellness and fitness centres

Core Courses

Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 40 words per minute.
  • Operating Systems
    Advanced level of proficiency in a Windows operating system
  • Word Processing
    Advanced level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheets
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Database Management
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Access
  • Office Skills
    Microsoft Outlook Level 1, Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users, Basic Bookkeeping Level 1, and Office Procedures Level 1 and Level 2
  • Business Skills
    Business Correspondence Level 1
  • Healthcare (Instructor-Led)
    Introduction to Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology Part 1 and Part 2, CPR/First Aid Level C, Introduction to Medical Transcription, Medical Office Procedures, Clinical Procedures, and Clinical Placement
  • Office Skills
    Microsoft Outlook Level 1, Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users, Basic Bookkeeping Level 1, and Office Procedures Level 1 and Level 2
  • Job Readiness/Employability Skills
    Job Search and Résumé Writing and Employment Success Strategies
  • Program Type:Diploma
  • Anticipated salary:C$26,369 - C$46,003
  • (Information from PayScale Canada)
  • Program Duration:48 Weeks
  • Program Notes:Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.
  • Program Category:Healthcare
  • Program Syllabus:Click to Download
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