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Medical Office Administration

Medical Office Administration

Develop a solid foundation in the technology, terminology, professional ethics and office practices required to work in a health care office.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$7,045 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


Working in a medical environment, including hospital departments and doctors' offices, you're a vital part of the health care team. You help provide compassionate and professional service to patients, visitors and health care providers.

This program gives you a solid foundation in computer technology, medical terminology, professional ethics, confidentiality and standard office practices, such as billing, preparing medical correspondence, registering and scheduling patients and managing health records.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • This program requires you to obtain Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and Standard First Aid, CPR Level C.
  • As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Some work experience locations have additional immunization requirements. These immunizations are for your protection as well as the clients you will be serving. For more information, visit Immunization FAQ.

  • Immunizations are accessible through your healthcare provider. All Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) work experience placements require the following immunizations:
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
    • Varicella

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified to accept positions in many medical settings, including hospital departments (laboratory, health records, diagnostic imaging, etc.), doctors' offices, health boards, insurance companies and government departments.
  • Employment opportunities exist in allied health care facilities, such as chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, mental health and counselling services.
  • Community clinics, public health centres, the Victorian Order of Nurses, dental and optometry practices and long-term care facilities also employ graduates of this program.

Choose NSCC

  • We work closely with the medical community to ensure our programs provide our graduates with skills that are relevant and in demand.
  • Learn from instructors who bring industry experience to the classroom and share their knowledge in a supportive environment.

Other info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Through NSCC's Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) process, you may be able to earn credits for your past work experience, education and volunteer activities. Check with your campus for more details.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMM 2215   Communications - Workplace Applications
COMP 1115   Document Processing I - Medical Office
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
COMP 2215   Document Processing II - Medical Office
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
MOAS 1018   Medical Office Procedures
MOAS 2009   Electronic Medical Office Systems
MOAS 2018   Medical Office Transcription
MOAS 2020   Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology I
MOAS 2995   Work Experience
MOAS 3020   Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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