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Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

Length: 9 months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Part Time Blended

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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.

The extended part-time stream is nine months in length and completed through a combination of online, evening and weekend studies.

A four-week, unpaid practicum at a health care facility or medical office setting in or outside Calgary is required for the successful completion of this program.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.

Students who experience success in this program have proficient communication skills in English.

Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.

Basic computer skills are essential for success in the program.


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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in health care facilities, physician offices, regional health offices, chiropractic offices and rehabilitation centres. Potential positions include:

  • medical office assistant
  • secretary unit clerk
  • admitting clerk
  • hospital/ward clerk

Related careers include:

  • medical transcriptionist
  • health information management professional

Cost per course

1.5 credit course: $504.66
3.0 credit course: $1,009.32

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for winter 2022 are accepted from March 31, 2021, until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

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Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk 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.

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2022 start: applications are accepted March 31, 2021, until the program start date. 

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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

    Direct entry: four-step process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Apply to Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

    • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

    Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

    Communication during selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

    We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

    Practicum requirements

    The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

    Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs. 

    In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

    • Updated immunization records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Students must contact SAIT Health Services prior to orientation week to make an appointment to have immunizations reviewed. 

    • Security clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that the record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

    • Health and wellness status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

    More details on the practica requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.


    Program outline

    Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

    Semester 1

    Course code Course name Credit
    COMP-264* Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications  1.5
    HILA-200 Health Information Law I 1.5
    HRSC-220 Unit Clerk Fundamentals 1.5
    HRSC-231 Electronic Medical Record 1.5
    MDOF-240 Medical Office Procedures 1.5
    MEDT-211* Medical Terminology I  1.5
    Semester 1 total 9.0

    Semester 2

    Course code Course name Credit
    HCPP-220 Healthcare Systems Fundamentals  1.5
    HRSC-206 Patient Record Fundamentals 1.5
    MDOF-203 Medical Billing Bookkeeping 3.0
    PROF-252 Professional Practice  1.5
    Semester 2 total 7.5

    Semester 3

    Course code Course name Credit
    PRAC-279 Practicum 1.5
    Semester 3 total 1.5
    Program total 18.0
    *Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.


    Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

    Transfer options

    Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

    Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.


    2021/22 Domestic cost per course

    Course Credits Course cost
    1.5 $504.66
    3.0 $1,009.32

    SAIT Fees

    The following fees are based on a two-semester full course load structure. Fees for part-time programs will be assessed based on the number of courses taken within a semester.

    Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
    Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
    Student support fee: $150
    Student technology fee: $150

    SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) fee: $287.77

    Books and supplies*

    • Books and supplies are approximately $650.
    • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
    • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
    • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine and medical history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
    • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
    • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.

    Find out about tuition and financial aid.

    * Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    ✅ Plan ahead ❗️

    You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

    Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

    Get started on pre-orientation requirements

    Winter 2021


    Your program orientation date will be announced shortly.

    Visit our orientation page.

    How to register for classes

    You will follow a fixed block process to enrol in the your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

    Other requirements

    • Police Information clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check
    • Immunization record
    • Health and Wellness Status

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, two short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year: 

    PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

    PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

    Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

    Part-time students may register by emailing academic.coaching@sait.ca.

    Required textbooks

    The Winter 2021  booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


    Phone: 403.284.8481
    Email: hps.info@sait.ca

    Next steps for all students

    Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

    Next steps for accepted students

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Have questions about this program?

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