Medical Office Front Desk Assistant

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Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status with successful completion of the required test. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instructions. An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program. Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them.

Program Highlights

The Medical Office Front Desk Assistant Certificate program is designed to provide students with basic keyboarding, word processing, medical language, and administrative skills required for employment as a medical office front desk assistant.

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Career Opportunities

Medical Office Front Desk Assistants work in administrative and support roles in healthcare establishments. Upward mobility in medical assistant roles is feasible with experience, motivation, dedication, and a positive attitude.


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

  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 40 words per minute (WPM).
  • Operating Systems
    Basic level of proficiency in a Windows operating system
  • Word Processing
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheets
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Office Skills
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
  • Healthcare
    Introduction to Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology Parts 1 and 2, and Medical Office Procedures
  • Simulations and Drills
    Practical Applications – 1 Unit
  • Job Readiness/Employability Skills
    Job Search and Resume Writing
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$24,852 – C$41,515 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    26 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

    Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

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