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Continuing Studies

Medical Office Assistant certificate

The Medical Office Assistant certificate program is designed to prepare students to work as medical office assistants in the medical field.

Entrance requirements

1. Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent.

2. Proficient use of the English language. (See English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar for details on this requirement.) A CPT (Composition Placement Test) score of 48 or better or successful completion of ESL (English as a Second Language) course level 80 English meets the English language proficiency requirement.

3. 30 net wpm minimum typing speed (attach copy of certification).

4. Introductory computer course or equivalent experience.

5. Successful interview with instructor.

6. Willingness to undergo a criminal record check.

Note 1: It is assumed that applicants will possess basic computer skills.

Note 2: A typing speed of 40 net wpm is required for graduation from this program.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. Fill out a UFV Application for Admission form (available at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply).

2. Attach all required documentation and submit the completed application package to the Continuing Studies office at the Clearbrook Centre.

3. Pending seat availability, applicants who have provided complete applications will be contacted by telephone to arrange an interview. Admission to this program is dependent on a successful interview with the program instructor.

Course schedule

This full-time program begins February of each year. The program is held at the Clearbrook Centre. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Student evaluation

Students will be evaluated on classroom participation, classroom assignments, study projects, and by examination.

Students must successfully complete the theory component with a grade average of 80% before being assigned a practicum placement.


In addition to classroom activities, students will be required to research, study and prepare assignments outside of class for approximately 6–8 hours per week.

Attendance policy

A 90% attendance record must be achieved to successfully complete the course.

Fees and additional costs

For current program fees, please refer to ufv.ca/moa. All fees which total more than $100 in a calendar year are fully tax deductible.

Financial aid

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources. For more information contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. A variety of bursary applications are also available from the Financial Aid and Awards offices.

For more information

Contact Heather Chapman at 604-864-4626 or 604-504-7441 local 4626 or by email at heather.chapman@ufv.ca

Contact the Continuing Studies department at 604-851-6324 or 604-792-0025, local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441, local 6324. Email: continuingstudies@ufv.ca.

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