Medical Office Administrator

Medical Office Administrators (MOAs) work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics and other related medical services.  Working as an MOA requires specialized training in fields like anatomy, pharmacology, transcription and billing to accompany other administrative skills.

The MOA program at Ridge Meadows College is a two semester, 30-credit program.  The program contains a foundation of basic office skills, office administrative software, communication, customer service, and specialized field-related training.  A practicum is included at the end of the program.

The next intake for RMC’s Medical Office Administrator Program is May, 2024

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older.

English Language Requirement:

  • Completion of English 12, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of written and verbal English ability as determined by the College (View the college’s complete English Language Requirements)

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application Form
  • Letter of Interest
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • Immunization Declaration
  • Students must obtain a keyboarding speed of at least 40 net words per minute (nwpm) by the end of the program.

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May Intake (2024)

  • Applications now open!

Program Fees

Program Fees for 2023-24 are as follows:

  • Application Fee: $30
  • Deposit upon acceptance to the program: $500
  • Estimated Total Tuition (including deposits): $5,970*
  • Technology & Library fee: $40 per semester, when enrolled in studies.
  • Textbook fees as required.

*The fee structure for the MOA program has not yet been finalized.  This represents an estimated tuition only.  

Course Instalment Plans (CIPs) to pay program fees monthly, are available for students meeting certain conditions.  This program is not applicable for student loans.

Individual course list will be available by January, 2024

The BC Employer Training Grant is a provincial grant available to employers who want to fund an employee’s education and covers 80% of training costs.

Information about the grant can be found here: https://www.workbc.ca/find-loans-and-grants/industry-and-employers/bc-employer-training-grant

Note, this grant is available to employers only and only when following certain conditions.  Please contact WorkBC directly if you have questions about this grant.

Check back here for information on upcoming information sessions.

Interested students may also contact rmc@sd42.ca to be added to a list to receive updates on major program developments.

I have been out of school for quite some time and am a bit worried about attending as a mature student.

There is absolutely nothing to worry about as we have students of all ages, ranging from early 20’s to late 60’s, and welcome the diversity, experience and knowledge that all bring to our courses.  All our classes foster a warm, fun and inviting learning atmosphere.

Is there a practicum for this program?

Yes, all students will be placed in a practicum in an appropriate medical office setting near the end of their studies.

Do I have to find my own practicum host-site?

No, the college will place all students at an appropriate site.  When possible, the college will try to find a site close to a student’s home or area of preference but this will not always be possible.  It is expected that students get themselves to their practicum site regardless of whether or not it is their first choice.

Is this a new program at RMC?

Yes and no.  Ridge Meadows College offered a Medical Reception program in the past but has not done so in recent years.  This program has been completely overhauled and updated to prepare students for current needs and expectations of the profession.

Administrative Office Specialist – RMC’s AOS program has been designed to prepare you for today’s office with a foundation of software, communications and bookkeeping skills.

Bookkeeping Professional – RMC’s Bookkeeping Professional program is designed to enhance your existing office skills with Bookkeeping skills, including budgeting, cost management, payroll administration and industry leading software like Quickbooks and Sage.