Medical Office Assistant certificate

Credential Certificate
Tuition $6000
Duration 5 months (full-time)
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Days & Times Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-3 pm
Format Face-to-face
Program Start Fall 2016, Winter 2017

Medical Office Assistants (MOAs) qualify for clinical and administrative support positions in a variety of health care settings including physician offices, hospitals, specialist offices, and medical clinics. MOAs serve an important role in the delivery of health care service and are the key link between patients, physicians, and other members of the health care team. It is essential that MOAs possess a high level of communication skills, knowledge of medical office procedures, and keen multitasking abilities.

UFV’s MOA program offers students the most current industry knowledge and practical skills so that upon graduation, our students are job ready. This challenging career can be a first step into a lifelong career in the healthcare field.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:

1. Apply online
Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 30 net wpm minimum typing speed from a recognized agency within one year (for testing, view available test dates here)
4. Proof of English 12 with a final grade of C+ or higher.  If you do not have a C+ or higher in English 12, you may write a Composition Placement Test (CPT) at our main campus with a completed score of 48 or higher.  To write the CPT, register in advance through the Office of the Registrar (OReg) at any UFV campus.

Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg)

Funding: This program is eligible for student finance, contact Financial Aid
Contact UFV Bookstore
Student benefits:
Contact Student Union Society

Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Education department. If entrance requirements (1 - 4) above are met, you will be contacted for an interview with the instructor.

Step 2: Application Review

5. Willingness to undergo a security record check

Program Information

The Medical Office Assistant certificate program is an intensive program designed to prepare individuals for employment as a medical office assistant in medical clinics, hospitals, and specialist practices in both public and private sectors. As a medical office assistant, you are often the go-to person in the office — the one who is booking appointments, assisting patients, and keeping the doctors on track and on time. This is a demanding program, but you will graduate with the skills and confidence to handle the day-to-day operations of a busy medical practice.

The program is comprised of eight modules. You will complete a combination of theory and practice-related exercises before participating in a two-week medical office practicum placement. The practicum is followed by a one-week in-class final program review.

The eight modules are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Billing
  • Clinical
  • Practicum
  • Review

There is a two-week practicum component that must be taken immediately following the program theory components. You must successfully complete the theory components before you can be assigned a practicum placement. You will be responsible for your own transportation to your practicum site.



updated December 2016


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