Medical - Office Assistant Certificate
The medical major provides students with the computer and medical software skills necessary for today’s health care field. Students will receive a solid foundation in medical and pharmaceutical terminology, transcription, and medical office procedures which will prepare graduates for a variety of unit clerk and medical office assistant positions.
Graduates work as unit clerks, medical office assistants, medical receptionists, secretaries or clerks and transcriptionists in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and government agencies, as well as general areas such as insurance.
Office Assistant Diploma
School of Continuing Education
For more than 44 years the Office Assistant program has been providing quality graduates. Today’s office assistants are highly accomplished software experts who use their skills to help other staff get the most from a computerized office. In addition, office assistants are involved in managing the organizational affairs of their areas that include handling public enquiries, managing computer and paper files, organizing schedules, arranging meetings of senior staff, as well as providing strong customer service and problem-solving skills.
The Office Assistant program is ideal as a foundation for other careers or as a complement to prior training and experience. It runs for 10 months from September until June, ending with a field placement. It is a comprehensive program that offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of the following three majors:
The program is well suited for individuals with strong organizational skills, an attention for details, familiarity with computers and software, a professional manner, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Graduates are often required to work independently and in a team environment, so students who are positive and self-motivated do exceptionally well. The program has built a solid reputation with employers, resulting in a job placement rate near 100 per cent.
Program of Study
|ENGL 102 |
or WRIT 101
|Analysis and Argument |
or First Year Writing
|OAMS 110||Medical Office Procedures I||3|
|OAMS 111||Office Technology and Skill Development I||3|
|OAMS 113||Medical Terminology I||3|
|OAMS 114||Pharmaceutical Terminology||3|
|OAMS 128||Office Math Applications and Basic Bookkeeping||2|
|OAMS 112||Customer Communications and Service||3|
|OAMS 120||Medical Office Procedures II||3|
|OAMS 121||Office Technology and Skill II||3|
|OAMS 123||Medical Terminology II||3|
|OAMS 126||Medical Transcription||3|
|OAMS 127||Unit Clerk||2|
|OAMS 130||Medical Office Procedures III||3|
|OAMS 134||Medical Major-Field Placement||3|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|ENGL 211||OAMS 112|
|FNCE 113||OADM 128|
In order to register in Field Placement (OAMS 134), students in the Office Assistant Program, Medical major, are required to successfully complete all Term I courses, all Term II courses and OAMS 130, and have achieved a minimum 2.0 GPA. The Office Assistant program will provide the consent to students to register in OAMS 134 if the above conditions are met. If these conditions are not met, the program will de-register students from the Field Placement (OAMS 134) as required.