Medical office assistants and unit clerks are integral members of the health care team and support professionals in both a hospital unit and medical office environment. The medical office assistant and unit clerk main duties include accessing, and transmitting health information in a secure environment while supporting and communicating with medical professionals. The Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program is an innovative program providing the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge required by those wishing to combine the skills of a unit clerk and a medical office assistant. Successful graduates will be proficient in medical office procedures; organization; structure and chart management functions of a patient record; computer software; emerging client care software; basic billing duties; office procedures and health information law in a client-care setting.
Courses in this program are conducted on SAIT campus and online. A four-week, unpaid practicum at a health care facility or medical office setting in or outside Calgary is required for successful completion of this program.
Certain courses are available by distance education or continuing education - COMP264, HILA200 and MEDT211. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 percent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by distance education or continuing education, students may be considered a part-time student, which may impact their financial loan status.
As some of the content is delivered in an online environment, students will be required to have a personal computer with Internet access.