Medical Office Assistant (Online)

Crank your learning experience up a notch by enrolling in Medical Office Assistant online courses. With a flexible learning environment, this Medical Office Assistant online program can teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the growing field of healthcare.

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32 Weeks (FT)



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About The Program

With this Medical Office Assistant (Online) diploma program, you can mold your communication, administrative, and organizational skills in a healthcare environment in as short as 32 weeks. Take advantage of our small class sizes that allow you to enjoy the correct attention and guidance you need from our adept instructors to prepare you for success.

Take Medical Office Assistant courses online in Canada, so you can make the most out of your learning experience without sacrificing your other major commitments. Because you can complete these medical office assistant online courses wherever you are at your own pace and schedule, you can enjoy upgrading your career while juggling your other priorities.

Career Opportunities

As a Medical Office Assistant graduate, you will qualify for positions such as Medical Office Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Billing Secretary, Medical Office Administrator, Medical Receptionist, Clinical Assistant, Ward Secretary, and Booking Clerk.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Horizon Health Network
  • Mental Health Services
  • Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Bedford Chiropractic
  • CBI Health
  • Salvation Army


81 %

Employment Rate*

$ 23

Average Wage/hr**

$ 26

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2022 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 1243 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar and based on New Brunswick data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Jan 2024.

Available Learning Options

At Eastern College, you can choose the learning option that meets your needs. This program is currently available in:


Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.

Medical Administrative Specialist

Duration: 53 Weeks

Internship: 8 Weeks

Program Outline NB

Program Outline NS

Online: Remote Classes

Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.

Medical Administrative Specialist

Duration: 53 Weeks

Internship: 8 Weeks

Program Outline NB

Online: Self-Study

Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.

Medical Office Assistant (Online)

Duration: 32 Weeks (FT)

Internship: Unavailable

Program Outline NB

Program Details

Does a career in the medical field exhilarate you?

Do you want to be a part of the fast-paced and growing healthcare industry while gaining the skills you need to succeed in a business environment?

If you’re looking to enhance your abilities in an office setting as well as gain medical experience, but prefer to have more control over how, when, and where you can study, then taking online Medical Office Assistant courses is the right fit for you.

By the end of this Medical Office Assistant diploma online program, you will be equipped with all the skills you need to excel at the forefront of a doctor’s office and as an assistant who’s assessing patients. You will understand the different classes of drugs and their use in various treatments, be well-versed in medical terminology, gain knowledge about the Canadian healthcare system, and learn clinical procedures generally performed in a medical office – prescription handling, assisting patients with their exams, and diagnostic testing.

You will also take up Computer Fundamentals, which will help you learn basic concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. These Medical Office Assistant online classes will also help you build your communication and multi-tasking skills and enhance your knowledge in Accounting applications. You will be encouraged to be a team-player while putting your professional and interpersonal skills to practice throughout the course of this online Medical Office Assistant program.

Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Communication
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of communication skills in the business environments. Focus will be placed on both written and spoken communications. Students will review the basic writing process with emphasis on the mechanics of writing. They will also learn the importance of effective spoken communication.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Outlook
This Microsoft Outlook course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use to effectively manage e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Outlook has become the corporate standard electronic personal organizer. These are the foundational skills needed to communicate using Outlook in a variety of positions within and organization. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and understanding of e-mail software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Powerpoint
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping for Medical Office Assistants
This course introduces fundamental bookkeeping principles and practices for Medical Office Assistants (MOAs). In this course you will perform basic bookkeeping procedures, be able to use basic bookkeeping terminology, and manage accounts receivable and accounts payable. You will be able to make journal entries and record transactions in the General Ledger. You will also learn basic information about calculating sales tax, managing cash, reconciling banking, and managing purchasing and inventory. You will see how bookkeeping plays a part in the role of an MOA.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Level II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level 2
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Level I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Level I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Diversity in the Workplace
This course introduces students to diversity and its strengths in the workplace. Among the topics covered are the strengths of diversity, its occasional challenges, how to manage diversity in the workplace, and the value of diversity training. Diversity in group dynamics is also addressed, with an emphasis on the strengths of a heterogeneous group and the types of diversity found in it.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Excel
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of virtual training and critical thinking, this course examines the role and use of technology in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Students will review basic computer components, Windows usage, file management, common applications, navigating and searching the web, and staying protected and safe while using a computer. Students will also start to hone their keyboarding skills through drills and timed exercises.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word Part 1
In this course, students learn a comprehensive set of skills in Microsoft Word, including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, and using styles. They also learn how to create and edit header/footer content, insert and format tables, graphics and pictures, and work with templates and themes. The course consists of a combination of virtual training using simulations, as well as projects and exams using the desktop software.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word Part 2
This module consists of a combination of virtual training, projects, and exams in Microsoft and builds on the skills introduced in Microsoft Word Part 1. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including mail merge tool, collaborating and reviewing documents using track changes, linking and embedding objects, working with hyperlinks, creating and customizing styles, document properties and basic use of macros.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

How Our Medical Office Assistant Online Courses Can Help You

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Since graduating from the MOA program with Eastern College, it has opened so many doors for me for amazing employment opportunities. Right after graduation, I went immediately into a role as chief office administrator with a nursing agency. After they closed their business in 2021, I landed a position with a municipality working in the office. The MOA program leaves you with a diverse set of skills that can be used in many work environments. I highly recommend it!!

Chelsey G.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Medical Office Assistant Career



What is a medical office assistant?

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A medical office assistant supports the daily operations of a clinic, hospital, long-term care facility, nursing home, and other medical facilities. As the first point of contact of patients, medical office assistants deal with clerical and administrative responsibilities to guarantee that patients get topnotch services and attention.

How much does a medical office assistant make?

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Job Bank states that a medical office assistant makes $22/hour in Canada on the average, which can reach up to $29/hour. New Brunswick data shows that the median falls at $23/hour, rising up to a high of $25/hour.

Can a medical assistant work in a dental office?

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In general, a medical assistant can work in a dental office. However, it would depend on the specific requirements and regulations of the country or province where the dental office is located.
In Canada, the requirements for medical assistants and dental assistants vary by province or territory. You should check the specific regulations in the province or territory where the dental office is located.
In Ontario, medical office assistants may work in dental offices, but they need to look for jobs listed as Dental Office Administrator or Dental Office Assistant -- not Dental Assistant, which is a specially-certified role. As long as they will just do administrative work, they would be eligible.

What does a medical office assistant do?

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Medical office assistants help medical professionals run a healthcare facility. Their tasks include:
• greeting patients
• scheduling client appointments
• attending to phone calls and emails
• opening and maintaining patient files
• processing payments
• managing office and medical supply inventory

Is medical office assistant a good career?

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Working as a medical office assistant can be a good career choice if you enjoy working in healthcare, possess strong organizational and communication skills, and enjoy administrative duties. As a medical office assistant, you can play a critical role in ensuring that medical offices run efficiently and effectively.
Some potential benefits of pursuing a career as a medical office assistant include job stability, competitive salaries, opportunities for career advancement, and the satisfaction of helping patients to receive quality healthcare.

Where can a medical office assistant work?

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As a medical office assistant, you can work in a variety of settings within the healthcare industry. Some common places of employment for medical office assistants include:

• hospitals
• clinics
• nursing homes
• medical billing companies
• insurance companies
• public health agencies
• optometry clinics
• chiropractic and naturopathic clinics
Ultimately, the specific setting in which medical office assistants work will depend on their skills, experience, and interests.