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Medical Office Assistant

Note: Please check the Courses page for important information regarding changes to the Medical Office Assistant Associate Certificate, which are effective as of September 2018.
Helping to make the entire office run smoothly are Medical Office Assistants, who work as administrators in the health care industry. They must possess strong client-service skills as well as excellent organization and communication skills, and can turn their interest in medicine and working with others into a rewarding career.

This program is designed to give you usable, relevant knowledge about health care and the office setting to prepare you for work in the field. Including a practicum to gain real-world experience, the Medical Office Assistant Associate Certificate is one of BCIT’s more popular programs with classes filling up quickly.

About the program

  • Minimum completion time 1.5 years
  • Part-time evenings and some weekends at the Burnaby campus
  • Hands-on practicum and new electronic medical records (EMR) software
  • Graduate 100% ready to start your career
See more about how you can prepare for a new career as a Medical Office Assistant at Program Details.

Who should complete the Medical Office Assistant Associate Certificate?

This program might be for you if:
  • You can type at least 40 words per minute
  • You enjoy working with people
  • You have excellent organizational and communication skills
  • You’re interested in health care and the medical field
Classes fill quickly for this popular program, so be aware of the registration dates, which are updated for each term here. Then visit the Program Entry page to declare your program.

What grads can do

With the job-focused training you receive at BCIT, you will be completely prepared for work in medical offices from the day you graduate. You will have many options as employers are always seeking qualified applicants in several workplace settings including walk-in clinics, family practices, specialist offices, hospitals, and more.

Find out more about the new job opportunities awaiting you on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit. This program is listed under the School of Business.
Read more about program declaration requests

BCIT accepts only complete program declarations. To declare this program:

  • Answer all questions completely prior to submission.
  • If required, convert transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.


With the skill sets represented in the courses that make up this Associate Certificate program, you will be prepared for a new career with focused training dedicated to the essential skills you need. You will be ready for the everyday challenges and responsibilities in medical offices. Your studies include medical billing practices, electronic medical records, an introduction to transcription skills, and a practicum consisting of hands-on, experiential training to give you the real-world exposure you need to help launch your new career.
  • Passing grade for all OFFC courses has been raised from 50% to 65%

  • The following courses have been discontinued due to major updates in curriculum. If your Program Declaration lists any of these courses which you have not yet completed, you will be required to take the new updated course:
    OFFC 1002 - Anatomy and Terminology 2     = OFFC 2001
    OFFC 1006 - Medical Office Practice              = OFFC 1015
    OFFC 1020 - Transcription                              = OFFC 1048
    OFFC 1040 - Clinical Procedures                    = OFFC 1045
    OFFC 1060 - Medical Documentation             = OFFC 1008
    OFFC 2016 - MOA Practicum                           = OFFC 2018

  • Those with an existing Program Declaration are not obligated to complete the following two new courses that have been added to the program, but are strongly advised to do so in order to be competitive in the job market:
    BSYS 1001 - Business Information Systems
    ORGB 2505 - Interpersonal Skills

  • Criminal Record Checks and updated immunizations are required before participating in the MOA Practicum. Further information will be provided by the Practicum Coordinator.

  • All students are required to complete the St. John Ambulance (2-day) Standard First Aid for Industry course (OFA Level 1 Equivalent) which includes CPR Level C and AED training (certification valid for 3 years; course fee approximately $180) before being placed with a practicum host for the OFFC 2018 MOA Practicum course.

    BCIT will require proof of certification being granted before the student’s placement can be confirmed, with the following exceptions:

    1. If a student has already obtained equivalent first aid training, proof of certification should be provided to the Program Assistant for verification at least two months before the practicum start date, or

    2. If the student is already employed in a suitable environment to meet the Practicum requirements, s/he will be completing the Practicum at the workplace, and the employer confirms their first aid training requirement has already been met.

    For more information about how to register for the first aid course or to provide proof of equivalent certification, contact the Program Assistant, Angelina Shine.

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
The courses required for this program are offered through part-time studies, allowing you flexibility in the number of courses taken in any given term. You may not, however, register for a course for which you have not completed or obtained Course Credit/Exemption for the pre-requisite.

Below is a suggested schedule to complete the program in four terms (16 months), taking into account pre-requisite requirements and course scheduling.

Term 1:
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  OFFC 1001 Anatomy and Terminology 1 3.0
  OFFC 1008 Medical Documentation 1.5
Term 2:
  OFFC 1015 Medical Office Practices 3.0
  OFFC 1045 Clinical Procedures 3.0
  OFFC 2001 Anatomy and Terminology 2 3.0
Term 3:
  OFFC 1007 Medical Billing Practices 3.0
  OFFC 1048 Medical Transcription Skills 2.0
  OFFC 1055 Electronic Medical Records 3.0
  ORGB 2505 Interpersonal Skills 3.0
Term 4:
  OFFC 2018 MOA Practicum 3.5
Total Credits: 31.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

In the Medical Office Assistant Associate Certificate program, you will take courses carefully designed to provide you with the skills and resources necessary to be successfully employed in a variety of roles in health care. This popular program works around your schedule by offering classes on weekday evenings and occasionally on weekends. Courses in the program cover anatomy and terminology, medical documentation, medical billing, clinical procedures, transcription, and more. By developing the key skills for a range of tasks, you will be prepared for responsibilities that can arise in any medical office, and therefore broadening your appeal to potential employers. Additionally, in this program, you will participate in an 80-hour practicum to gain practical, hands-on work experience in a medical office setting.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

By developing the essential skills needed for a variety of jobs in medical offices, you will prepare for a successful, rewarding career. The courses, training, and hands-on practicum in the Medical Office Assistant Associate Certificate program all combine to give you the real-world, relevant skills and confidence you need to begin your future.

Some job opportunities include:
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Clerk
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Record Specialist (EMR)
  • Medical Billing Specialist

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Angelina Shine
Part-time Studies Program Assistant

604-451-7198 |

Paul Sawyer
Part-time Studies Coordinator
604-456-1011 |

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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