Over the course of our Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program, students will be provided the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become a competent and confident unit clerk and medical office assistant.

The blended design of the Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program combines face-to-face instruction with structured online learning components.  This provides students flexibility in balancing life’s commitments while advancing education and pursing a new career.   

Students will be proficient in medical terminology, anatomy and pharmacology, healthcare communications, medical office software as well as electronic medical records.  Emphasis will also be placed on maintaining patient records, medical billing, office procedures and unit clerk specific tasks such as processing physician’s orders. 

The addition of a practicum component allows students to network within industry and hone their newly acquired skills.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a Certificate in Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk.

Program structure.

The Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk is a blend of online, classroom and laboratory learning, with a hands-on, practical component.

Tuition costs.

Our tuition fees for the Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk include:

  • Registration fee: $250.00

  • Textbooks and Supplies: $600.00

  • Balance of Tuition: $6,250.00

Total Tuition Cost: $7,100.00


Program dates.

October - April 2019

Entrance requirements.


  • School Leaver Admission:

    • Completion of high school diploma verified by official transcript with a minimum of 60% in grade 12 English (either English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2), or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) verified by official transcript

  • To be eligible for Mature Student Status, students must:

    • Be 19 years of age or older

    • Have been out of school for at least one year

    • Have 50 Credits towards a high school diploma with a minimum of 60% in at least one English course, verified by official transcript

    • Meet English Proficiency requirements (below)

    • Must complete an academic achievement test

  • Regardless of your level of training, we require a copy of your High School Transcript. We are not able to obtain transcripts on behalf of students. To order: www.alis.ab.ca

English Proficiency Requirements (minimum proficiency)

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks / Milestones Test*

    • 7 in each strand

  • IELTS Academic*

    • 5.5 with minimum band score of 5.0


    • 71

  • IQAS – Formal assessment

    • Alberta Education English Language Arts equivalents

  • Alberta Education High School English Course

    • 60% in English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2

Police Information Check, inclusive of Vulnerable Sector Search

According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, clinical partners require a clear Police Information Check (PIC) including Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS).  Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student’s entry into practicum or even the program. In cases where a PIC or VSS is not clear, the the Dean will conduct a formal assessment to determine whether the student would be permitted to enter the program.

Basic Life Support

Students are required to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. 


Students are required to provide proof of immunization status. Without complete and acceptable immunization status practicum sites may refuse to accept students on practicums, which could prevent successful completion of the program.

Rules and regulations

A career like no other.

A rewarding career and long-term success starts here.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Office Assistant & Unit Cleck program, graduates will be qualified to assist healthcare professionals in medical offices and other health-care facilities.

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