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Medical Office Assistant Certificate




What will I learn?

Be a vital part of a medical practice and ensure patients get the care they need. This program focuses on practical skills and knowledge in health care fundamentals, medical terminology, and current computer and software skills. You'll gain the skills needed to manage the flow of electronic and paper-based information in a medical office setting. Our graduates have excellent job prospects and our employment rates are consistently high.

Time commitment:

This is a one year (two terms/30 weeks total) certificate program. A full course load is five courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however, it will take longer to complete the program.

Online option:

The Medical Office Assistant Certificate program is also available online. This gives you the flexibility to study at home. Your online instructor is available to provide support and feedback through email.

Work Experience (Optional):

Work Experience (practicum) offers you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience, and enjoy networking opportunities. Work Experience is offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled immediately following the successful completion of all required courses.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process to be accepted into Work Experience. The application process aligns with the competitive nature of a job search and candidates are responsible for demonstrating a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all applicants are guaranteed a Work Experience placement.

Which department am I in?

Chiu School of Business

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,747.00 (US$ 10,199) per year
Estimated Book Costs: CAN $1,200

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

Start date

Expected May 2024


Bow Valley College

Calgary Downtown Campus,

345 - 6 Avenue SE,


Alberta (AB),

T2G 4V1, Canada

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,747.00 (US$ 10,199) per year
Estimated Book Costs: CAN $1,200

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

Start date

Expected May 2024

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements:

Credit in English Language Arts 30-1 or minimum 65% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
Credit in a Grade 10 math (excluding Math 10-4 and Math 16 levels)


Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:

Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
Math Test: 450 minimum score


Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

English language proficiency requirements:

IELTS Academic: 6.0 with minimum band score 6.0, Pearson Test of English (PTE) A: 59-64, TOEFL: 83, Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 50

Deadline: July 30 for September 21 intake; November 26 for January 22 intake.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Bow Valley College

At Bow Valley College, courses are shaped with input from industry partners so students can graduate with the skills employers need.

  • One of Canada’s top 50 research colleges
  • Impressive 88 per cent graduate employment rate
  • More than 2,350 international students every year
  • Alberta’s largest comprehensive college

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