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Get the Skills to Be a Medical Office Assistant

A woman who appears to be a Medical Office Assistant or Unit Clerk is looking through some files.
Students get the skills they need to be successful in any entry-level Medical Office Assistant (Unit Clerk) role

NEW!  70-Week Online Medical Office Assistant Program in Canada

If you’re interested in working with and helping others, and are looking to get into a steady professional career, you could be well-placed to succeed in a rewarding Medical Office Assistant position.

As a Medical Office Assistant or Administrative Clerk, you’ll make an important contribution to the health and wellness of your community while working in a clean, comfortable office setting.

What’s New? This course offers all the skills and training of the Medical Office Administration course with the addition of essential qualifications for Quickbooks accounting and payroll.

Becoming a Qualified Medical Office Assistant

As a successful graduate of the NEW Centre for Distance Education Medical Office Assistant program, you will be proficient in office practices and software, enabling you to manage a medical office, receive visitors, and build applications. Our program places a strong emphasis on learning medical terminology, office management and communications throughout the program.

You’ll learn:

  • Medical terminology
  • Working with medical reports and documents
  • Medical transcription
  • Quickbooks accounting and payroll
  • Managing databases
  • Occupational health & safety
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Business English and communications
  • Receiving visitors
    and more!

With online learning, you’ll develop a personal attitude for success. Our training programs not only teach the technical skills for the career, but include time management practices that help you become a successful, organized professional.

You will be able to communicate clearly, collaborate with others, and build workplace relationships.

“I was thinking of going to the local college, but I didn’t want to stop working. And I always had hard time concentrating in class, when there’s a lot of people around, lot of noises… One day I was browsing on the Internet, I ended up on the CD-ED website, ordered the info package, and here I am now, graduated! I just LOVED my experience with CD-ED, the staff is totally awesome.”

– Jolaine Haiche, Medical Office Administration Graduate

The best way to see if the Centre for Distance Education is right for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information about career opportunities, our programs, and financial aid options. Get more info now >>

Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma or GED. If you do not have your high school diploma or GED, click here for more information on resources in your province.

Victoria shares her experience training online for a career in medical office administration.

High Demand for Medical Office Assistants and Unit Clerks

Advances in technology and an aging population are actually creating growth in the healthcare field right now.

The Working in Canada Occupational Outlook report projects as many as 17,200 new jobs throughout the country through 2024. (NOC 1414-C)

Is Online Career Training Right for You? Take the Centre for Distance Education “Online Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Online Career Training Readiness score now >>


Successful students will participate in a virtual practicum, allowing for real-world experience and better job prospects.

Career Opportunities

A medical office is a dynamic place with a wide variety of activities in many healthcare settings. You could work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical and rehabilitation centers, chiropractic and alternative healthcare settings, and more!

Online Education: Career Training that Fits Your Life

Get the skills and confidence you need to launch a successful professional career – without the stress, cost and hassles of traditional schooling.

Online training is an excellent option for many, but, like anything worthwhile, it’s not always a breeze. You will be required to devote 20–25 hours per week to your course work (4–5 hours per day, 5 days per week), in order to graduate.

With some personal commitment and the Centre for Distance Education’s proven and recognized Distance Learning system, you could be ready to start a rewarding professional career in 70 weeks, without disrupting your life.

Program Curriculum

20 hrs/wk, 70 Weeks, 1440 Hours

Weeks Hours Code Module Subject
1-2 40 STU 101 Essentials of Student Success
3-7 100 COC 104 Microsoft Word
8-12 100 COC 205 Microsoft Access
13-19 140 ENG 102 Business English & Communications
20-20 20 COM 102 Filing
21-30 190 MED 102 Medical Office Procedures
31-42 228 MED 101 Medical Terminology
43-52 190 MTR 103 Medical Transcription
53-59 133 MAT 220 Basic Bookkeeping
60-63 76 MAT 221 Quickbooks
64-67 76 PRO 200 Professionalism & Ethics
68-68 19 OHS 100 Occupational Health & Safety
69-70 80 MPR 100 Practicum
21-68 48 COC 105 Keyboarding (Concurrent)

Constant Support

With the Centre for Distance Education, you’ll train from the comfort of home, but you’re FAR from on your own.

Many of our graduates say that our experienced and dedicated staff sets us apart from many other online institutions. The instructors and guidance counselors take a personal interest in each student’s progress and success. You’ll have one-on-one support via email, chat, online classroom webinars and toll-free phone calls.

Our Alumni are our students for life.  We provide lifetime career services support, skills development and encouragement throughout your career journey.

Financial Aid

As a Centre for Distance Education student you can pursue both Provincial and Federal Student Loans and a wide variety of other options including Government Agency programs, student credit, corporate bursaries, and much more.

If you’re considering Financial Aid to help finance your career training, we highly recommend you contact a Financial Planner first.

Applying for Financial Aid can be a complicated procedure, but our experienced staff will break it down and walk you through the process simply and easily.

Our continued commitment to the ongoing achievement of our students and the success the Centre for Distance Education alumni enjoy is in part of why the Centre for Distance Education recently received a 95% satisfaction rating from former students.

Is a Career as a Medical Office Assistant Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Medical Office Assistant, and exploring whether Online Learning with the Centre for Distance Education is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information or take our online training readiness quiz!

A helpful CD-ED Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions and can help with everything from career paths to financial aid.

For immediate questions, give us a call at 1-866-446-5898

Required For Enrollment: All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent prior to enrollment. For any questions about eligibility, please call 1-866-446-5898 to speak with a knowledgeable Centre for Distance Education Admissions Representative.