Jul 23, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk

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Program Description

The Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program is innovative in providing the necessary hands-on and theoretical expertise 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. This program includes on-campus and online activities, as well as an unpaid practicum in a healthcare facility or medical office setting.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program should be completed full-time or part-time
  • Program Length:
    • Full-Time (2 Semesters)
    • Part-Time (9 Months)
  • This program is delivered in a classroom or blended format
  • Full-Time Intakes:
    • Fall, Winter
  • Part-Time Intakes:
    • Winter
  • Students require access to a personal computer and Internet in order to complete the required courses
  • Based on the availability of the practicum sites, students may have to travel or re-locate outside of Calgary in order to complete their practica

Certain courses may be offered through Open Studies during the daytime, evenings, and/or weekends, as well as in a classroom, blended, or online format. All courses must be completed within the program completion timeframe. Please be advised that for the purpose of student loans, full-time student status requires that learners are enrolled in a minimum of 60% of a full course load per semester.



Your Career

Graduates are employed as medical office assistants, secretaries, and unit or admitting clerks in health care facilities, physician offices, regional health, chiropractic and rehabilitation centres.

Student Success

Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • Have higher secondary or post-secondary grades
  • Are proficient in English language communications
  • Are detail oriented
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Possess basic computer literacy



After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk certificate.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Health and Public Safety for more information.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 18

Program Overview - Part-Time Stream

The part-time stream is completed through a combination of online, evening, and weekend study.  This stream is ideal for students who wish to work full-time while completing the program.

Semester 3: September

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