My Medical Office Assistant Certificate Experience

My Medical Office Assistant Certificate Experience


Hey everyone. I would like to talk to you about my experience doing the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) Certificate. This is a part time program that falls under the school of business. Instead of doing this program part time I took as many courses as possible at the same time in order to finish the program faster.

The reason I took this program was because I had a science background already. I just wanted a program that would give me opportunities to further to enhance my skills, and also provide me with real life experience. I didn’t want a program where I only learned through a textbook.

Before taking about this program I would like to talk about some requirements before you enter this program. You will need to make sure you have:

  • A high school Diploma
  • two years of education in English in an English-speaking country

Within this program you meet a lot of like-minded people. Your classmates may be some who you will work with or for in the future.

The good thing about this program is that there were only 3 textbooks that you really needed to buy. You will have to take a few notes in class. But, aside from that, everything else was more hands-on.

When you look through the BCIT website some courses in this program include:

  • Anatomy and Terminology 1 and 2
  • Medical Office Practice
  • Medical Billing Practice
  • Transcription
  • Clinical procedures (partly taught by St. John’s Ambulance first aid and CPR level C),
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical Documentation
  • Practicum (80 hours)

This all adds up to 25 credits. The good thing about this program is if people have busy lives anyone can do these courses part time. Classes are normally held in the evening and on weeknds.

After completing the entire list of courses, you then get to go out and do a practicum. The teacher who is instructing the Practicum will have one class before your practicum and one class after the practicum is over. In the first class the teacher will tell you where you have been assigned to work at. Your teacher will also hangout many papers that you will have to fill out while on your practicum. Then, for the last class you will be giving a presentation of your experience working at your walk-in-clinic, hospital, or family practices.

Some job opportunities include:

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Clerk
  • Electronic Transcriptionist
  • Medical Record Specialist (EMR)
  • Medical Billing Specialist

After doing your practicum you are mostly likely to get a job. The only reason I was not be able to stay at my clinic was because I was going to further continue my studies at BCIT.

The teachers in this program are well educated. They are great at helping you or answering any questions you may have. Your teachers can give you a lot of great tips on how to excel in you course, program and finding jobs in the future.

Once you are done this program you will be in BCIT’s system that will help send out emails to you for potential job opportunities nearby. This means BCIT does a great job of helping students find jobs even after they are have graduated.

If you would like to read more into the MOA certificate you can check it out by clicking here.

If you have any other questions let us know in the comments section!

Hope you all liked this post
Monika Szucs ♥


4 thoughts on “My Medical Office Assistant Certificate Experience”

  1. Hi Monika, thank you for sharing your experience in the BCIT Medical Office Assistant program.
    Last fall, we added two new courses to the program based on feedback from our Advisory Committee members, who employ our graduates and provide Practicum Placements. Any MOA graduate is welcome to come take either or both of these two courses to enhance their skill sets and qualifications for their current or future employment:
    BSYS 1001 – Business Information Systems
    ORGB 2505 – Interpersonal Skills


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