Medical Office Assistant Program FAQs

Find answers to commonly asked questions about MaKami College’s 10-month blended Medical Office Assistant diploma program in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

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Medical Office Assistant Program Overview

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Medical Office Assistant Program?

The Medical Office Assistant Diploma Program is designed to be completed in 10 months, or 900 hours. That means you could be working in a medical administration job in under a year!

What Does a Case Study Format Mean?

MaKami’s 10-month blended program is offered in a case study format, which means from the moment you enroll, you will be placed as a medical assistant within a mock healthcare setting. You’ll have imaginary managers, coworkers, tasks and assignments that will prepare you for today’s medical office environment. For more details see our Medical Office Assistant curriculum.

Availability and Accessibility

Is the Medical Office Assistant Program Available Online?

Yes!

The Medical Office Assistant program is offered in a blended format, with theory components offered online and in-class courses to provide you with the practical, hands-on training you will need to be successful in the workplace.

At the end of the program you will have real life work experience on your resume, ready to be used to find employment!

Eligibility and Admissions

What Are the Admissions Requirements to be eligible for the Medical Office Assistant Program?

Standard Admission

Students under the standard admission for the Medical Office Assistant program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent,
    OR
    Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
  2. Successful interview with school administration, at the discretion of the school.
  3. Must be minimum 17 years of age.
Mature Admission

Programs using Mature Admissions for the Medical Office Assistant program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be 18 years or older.
  2. Successful interview with school administration, at the discretion of the school.
  3. Successful completion of a Wonderlic Exam OR completion of a post-secondary program in Canada
English Proficiency

As English is the language of instruction in all programs at MaKami College, we require all applicants to demonstrate communicative proficiency in the English language prior to admission acceptance. For the Medical Office Assistant Program, this could include one of the following:

Completion of previous education with either a High School or Post-Secondary Diploma in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction and communication

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Literacy Placement Test with a score of 6 or equivalent in each of the four competencies: reading/writing/listening/speaking

Completion of English 20-1 or equivalent with at least 60%, or English 20-2 or equivalent with at least a 65% passing grade. If the credentials are from outside Canada, the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) will be used to assess the equivalencies of the courses submitted.

Medical Office Assistant Program Curriculum

What Medical Office Courses for Administrative Professionals are Included?

MaKami’s Medical Office Assistant program curriculum combines in-class and online medical administration courses with a case-study format where students will learn hands-on in real-life healthcare environments. The medical administration courses include a variety of classes to learn common administrative tasks found in medical environments, as well as medical terminology, healthcare fundamentals, medical office procedures and more. View our full Medical Office Assistant program curriculum for more details.

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