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Diploma Program | Offered in Calgary 

ABM College offers flexible course schedules designed to meet individual student needs. Students have the opportunity to take courses full-time, part-time, and on weekends.
When thinking about a career in the health care industry, one of the first things that springs to mind are the typical, hands-on jobs carried out by nurses, doctors, and other medical practitioners. However, there are other choices…

If you are interested in working in the health care industry but prefer to work one step removed from patient care, a career as a Medical Office Assistant or Unit Clerk may be the right choice for you. At ABM College we offer a cutting edge diploma program which enables graduates to work either as a clinical Medical Office Assistant or as a hospital Unit Clerk.

At ABM College our Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program is designed to provide students with the technology, business, and communication fundamentals needed to work within a health care office setting. This comprehensive course covers four key areas: Medical Terminology, Medical Office Administration, Word Processing and Medical Transcription

This accelerated program provides students with exposure to current industry trends and to real-world office settings through our 4 week practicum. Additional program emphasis is also placed on the development of the student communication and inter-personal skills required to successfully perform within a health care environment.

As health care continues to remain one of the fastest growing industries within Canada, prospective students can look forwarded to a broad range of employment opportunities. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be qualified to work in hospitals, health care centres, chiropractic centres, medical offices, and clinics.

Full Time: 34 Weeks – Approximately 905 hours

745 Hours of in-class academic instruction | 160 Hour practicum at a medical practice, clinic, or hospital

Monthly intake

Program Outline

At ABM College our Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program provides students with practical knowledge, skills and practicum experience required for a successful medical career. The main objectives of this program are to:

  • Develop student understanding of Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk duties and responsibilities
  • Ensure that students have a firm understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical terminology and clinical procedures
  • Help students to develop the right ‘skill set’, including keyboarding, current software applications, office management and customer service skills
  • Introduction to IT and its applications, accounting application and medical office assistant procedures
  • Introduction to Medical Terminology, Body Systems, and Diseases
  • Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Problem Solving, and Client Services
  • Administrative and Clinical Skills and Procedures
  • Provide students with real-world clinical exposure and industry work experience

Method of Learning

  • Self Directed
  • Online/Computer
  • Traditional Lecture

Who Should Enrol?

With our Medical Office Assistant program, students can look forward to a rewarding future in the dynamic field of health care. This program is designed for to prepare graduates for a career as a medical office administer or medical receptionist.

Job Opportunities

  • Physician’s Office
  • Medical Clinics
  • Dental Office
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Hospice Care
  • Medical Supply Companies
  • Outpatient Clinics

Course Components

The course consists of a total 785 hours of classroom instructions in addition to 160 hours of practicum as follows:

  1. Computer Application
  2. Advance Medical Terminology
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Medical Transcription
  5. Medical Billing and Scheduling
  6. Accounting
  7. Clinical and Administrative Procedures
  8. Role in Health Care Administration and Hospital Organization
  9. Job Search
  10. Practicum

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, with 50% or better in Grade 12 English and a Grade 12 Mathematics, or non-Alberta equivalent. OR  Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) with a standard score of 450 or better in English and Mathematics.
  • Medical certificate, immunization for Hepatitis B.
  • Successful interview with school administration.
  • CPR & First Aid certificates.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Out of high school for two years.
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to admission.
  • Successful test result on Wonderlic Scholastic Level Aptitude Exam.
  • Thirty-three credits towards an Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, with 50% or better in Grade 10 English and in Grade 10 Mathematics, or non-Alberta equivalent.
  • Medical certificate, immunization for Hepatitis B.
  • Successful interview with school administration.
  • CPR & First Aid certificates.

For further information about our Medical Office Assistant program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.