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Program Description

Being in a Health Care Office Assistant position is a specialized administration role, it's a role that requires attention to detail, compassion and specific knowledge. This program will cover all aspects of the medical office and prepare you for this exciting, ever changing field. You will learn how to work with both patients and medical professionals,

You'll start off learning medical terminology, billing, transcription, patient records, patient preparation and the art of processing physician's orders. Students use current and industry standard software while receiving experiential computer learning.

Graduates of this program are prepared to step into the medical office world with careers as a medical secretary, medical team assistant, administrative assistant, office assistant, medical records clerk, clerk or receptionist. 

This program is offered on a part-time basis, all courses are available online. There are also accelerated in-class course offerings at regional campuses.

NOTE: COMP-5066, Medical Transcription will be replacing COMP-1130, Medical Transcription.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Microsoft Office EssentialsCOMP-13783YesYes
You will acquire skills using a variety of operations found in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and develop keyboarding skills (min. 35 wpm), through hands-on experience and assignments. Please note: this course currently teaches the MS 365 version.
Medical Terminology & AnatomyHLTH-12093YesYes
This basic course will focus on the anatomical structure and functions of the human body and the related terminology used to describe body parts, structure, and function. Related terminology will also include general or symptomatic terms, diagnostic terms, surgical procedures and abbreviations.
Processing of Physicians' OrdersHLTH-10072YesYes
Enable students to demonstrate appropriate processing skills for the completion of physicians' orders.
Patient Preparation in Health CareHLTH-12082YesYes
This course will give you the knowledge and skills required to prepare a client for examination, including measuring vital signs, measuring height and weight, positioning and draping, use of proper body mechanics, tray preparation and specimen collection. You will learn how to complete a proper health assessment using a review of body systems. Knowledge will be gained in the ares of infection and infection control; medical and surgical asepis, professionalism and communication. All of the knowledge and skills acquired will prepare you for working in a health care setting.
Computerized BillingCOMP-11283YesYes
It is strongly recommended that students have: medical terminology, good typing skills and basic computer knowledge. The course is designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of learning Computerized Medical Billing, as well as an understanding of the Schedule of Benefits and Preambles of the Ministry of Health.
Professional CommunicationCOMM-10542YesYes
Designed to improve the student's written, verbal, and non verbal communications skills. An introduction to the essential concepts and skills required to build successful relationships within a group and organization structure. Communication, business ethics, teamwork, group dynamics, team building and customer relations are discussed.
Organizational SkillsHLTH-10103YesYes
This course will focus on personal and organizational skills required by persons employed in health care in an office/clerical assistant role. This will assist them to effectively carry out their role in assisting with the administration of a nursing unit/health care facility office.
Medical TranscriptionCOMP-11301.5YesYes
You will be introduced to medical documents and reports. This course is designed to simulate medical transcription practices used in a health care environment.
Electronic Patient RecordsADMN-10453YesYes
This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of learning basic electronic patient scheduling and registration. It will also examine the health record as it is used in health care organizations. A major emphasis is on confidentiality and the legal aspects of health information documentation. It is strongly recommended that students have medical terminology, good typing skills and basic computer knowledge.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 6 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Learning outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills in interactions with the interdisciplinary health care team, departments, patients, clients, and the community;
  2. Explain human anatomy and utilization of appropriate terminology in the performance of duties;
  3. Discuss an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters affecting the health care setting;
  4. Perform accurate record keeping including billing, transcribing physician's orders, patient chart maintenance, business correspondence;
  5. Demonstrate effective organizational skills in carrying out assigned responsibilities;
  6. Explain an understanding of the organization, departments, and functions of a health care setting.

Program Details

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Topic Area
Health and Nursing