What will I learn?

Considered a valuable asset to the health-care team, medical office assistants support physicians and other health care professionals with essential administrative support. NorQuest’s 12-week, fast-paced Medical Office Assistant program helps graduates get into the workforce quickly and develop skills to perform a variety of tasks including scheduling, billing, word processing, communications, and more.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

enjoy working with the public
are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands
have access to transportation to complete their practicum
have access to a computer, internet connection, and basic keyboarding/computer skills
are able to work shift work
are able to dedicate 40-50 hours per week for full-time studies
work well in a team environment
can type 40 words per minute before the program starts

This program is not recommended for international students as the work permit required for the practicum may not arrive in time.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes a practicum totalling 150 hours.

The practicum may be arranged in or close to the student's community. The student's practicum schedule will follow the preceptor's schedule and may include day, evening, or night shifts any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. Students are required to work full-time during the practicum.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
Winter Fee: CAN $11,005.50; Fall Fee: CAN $11,131.50

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2021


NorQuest College

10215 108 Street NW,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 1L6, Canada

Online/Distance (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
Winter Fee: CAN $11,005.50; Fall Fee: CAN $11,131.50. The given fee is for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, May 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a USA Senior High School. Applicants to post-secondary programs at NorQuest College are evaluated for admission based on the completion of education at the senior secondary/high school level, or higher. Applicants that have completed the high school level of education in another country must have graduated with appropriate high school documents and credentials. The documents must present relevant and appropriate academic coursework that can be considered equivalent to the course work required for admission (e.g. English, Math, Biology, etc). IELTS Academic - 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT - 84, no section score below 21.

For international students

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canada Ontario High School.

English Language Proficiency:

IELTS Academic: 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT: 84, no section score below 21; CLBA: No section score below 8; CELPIP General: 8, no section score below 7; CAEL: 60, no section score below 60; NorQuest coursework: Minimum of 80% on ESLS 8000 or 8100, and 80% in ESLW 8000 or 8100; or minimum of 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861

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About this uni

Students can choose certificate or diploma programs covering areas such as health, business. technology and community studies.

  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city
  • Over 60 per cent of students were born outside of Canada
  • Large number of scholarships on offer
  • Many courses include work-integrated learning