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Clinical Office Assistant

Online and In-person

Medical Office Assistant 
Blended Learning

Become a Medical Office Assistant and dive right into class with our experienced teachers. Rather than just listening, memorizing, and repeating facts, this class has students discovering, analyzing, and learning from experience. Our goal as educators is to spur our student's curiosity and help them reach their potential. Get in touch with us to learn more.

Medical Office Assistant is a blended learning program that is a combination of online and in-person practical classes. The Medical Office Assistant course will teach students the clinical and administrative aspects of working in a medical setting. 

 

MOABL is developed with input from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and medical offices in Saskatoon. Axiom Career College offers small classes to provide you with the support you need. In seven short months, graduates will qualify for employment in medical offices and medical centres. Check out our frequently asked questions below.

 

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Start Dates

September 3, 2024 

March 3, 2025 

Length

7 Months

Application Fee

$60*

Tuition

$7,500*

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent (GED/ABE)

Basic Computer Literacy

Location

Saskatoon, SK

Financing

Eligible for Student Loans

Textbooks

$415*

Fees

$180*

Supplies

$1000*

Practicum

Optional

* subject to change

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: When a student has completed the Medical Office Assistant Diploma Program, they will be proficient in all of the clinical aspects of a medical center. Students will be able to effectively assist physicians and nurses in preparing for particular medical treatments and procedures as well as prepping the patient to see the physician or nurse.

TEXTBOOKS & FEES: Application Fees are non-refundable. Textbook Costs: $415* Textbooks & eBooks are paid for at orentation and will be provided upon payment. Printing Fees: $130* All printing packages are paid for and picked up prior to the start date Required Supplies (purchased by student): 1.Digital or analog watch with second-hand capacity $25* 2.Tablet $150* - for accessing eBooks while completing work on computer 3. Microsoft 365 Personal Subscription $56* 4. Internet (through your choice of provider) $420* - internet subscription minimum specifications needed: up to 10Mbps download speeds 5. Laptop $350* - laptop minimum specifications needed: AMD 3020e processor or Intel equivalent, 500 GB hard drive, min 8GB RAM, 64 bit operating system, Windows 10, at least one USB port Student Package Cost: $50* Includes sphygmomanometer with stethoscope & retractable measuring tape.

LIFE LONG LEARNER APPLICATION: Life-Long Learner admission is available to applicants who meet the criteria. All direct entry colleges consider applicants under Life-Long Learner admissions. Must be 21 years of age by the first day of class You must be finished your high school education for two years by the first day of classes Select "Life-Long Learner" when applying

OPTIONAL PRACTICUM There is an optional 40-hour, 2-week practicum available to those who qualify.

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Updated Curriculum

The curriculum undergoes annual review and updates, this iterative process guarantees that our program remains current and reflective of industry standards, equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills for successful entry into the field of Medical Office Assistant.

Free Parking & Access to Public Transportation

At Axiom Career College, we understand the importance of providing convenient amenities to support our students' educational journey. That's why we offer free parking for our students, alongside easy access to public transportation options. We believe that removing the hassle and cost of parking, coupled with convenient public transport links, contributes to a stress-free learning environment. This approach allows students to focus on their studies and professional development without worrying about transportation logistics. Our commitment to accessibility extends beyond the classroom, ensuring that every aspect of the student experience is tailored to support their success. With both free parking and access to public transport available, students can easily commute to campus and fully engage in their learning experience at Axiom Career College.

High Rate of Employment

With over 90% of our graduates securing positions prior to graduation, our institution proudly showcases the quality and preparedness of our students. Employers frequently prioritize hiring our graduates, drawn to their exceptional professionalism, performance, and adeptness in providing treatment. Continually demonstrating their capabilities, our graduates stand out in the industry, making a positive impact in the workplace.

Course Description

Functionality You Will Love

Assisting with Minor Surgical Procedures, Bandaging

Student will be knowledgeable in how to set up the treatment room for various minor surgical procedures and preparing injections. The student will gain knowledge that will make them available to assist the physician in the procedure itself. Students will be educated on preparing and maintaining a sterile field. Students will also gain the education of working with sterile solutions. Minor procedures will include: mole/skin tag excision circumcision/dorsal slits biopsy vasectomy incision and drainage wart removal toe wedge resection/Vandenbos cauterization cyst removal sutures

ECG Training

Students will have an understanding of basic interpretation regarding visible heart rhythm abnormalities such as bradycardia and tachycardia. Students will know the purpose of an ECG reading, have an understanding of the measurements recorded by an ECG (waves, segments, and intervals). Students will be able to identify rhythm. As well as the above, students will have the ability to prepare a patient for an ECG as well as perform the procedure itself. With a day of hands-on training by a certified technician from Saskatchewan Cardiology Technologist Association.

Preparing for Patient Visits

Students will be educated on various types of patient visits that may happen within the clinical setting. The student must be prepared on how to correctly prepare for each visit, including which vitals to obtain and record, what is needed for the physician to complete each appointment, and how to efficiently participate in the patient visit. Covered in this class will be regular office visits for minor illnesses, emergent visits, complete physicals, prenatal and postnatal appointments, well baby checks, pre-operative assessments, third party medicals, emergency exams, female gynecological exams, and male exams. Students will learn associated important terms, supplies required, and how to properly gather information needed to be placed in the patient chart for the continuation of care. Students will also be knowledgeable on the triaging of patient care.

Clinical Vitals, Body Mechanics, Transfers

Students will begin learning how to manually determine patient vital signs, combining this new skill with their previously learned charting skills. Clinical vitals are arranged so the student will be performing and practicing all vitals each week throughout the duration of their course, beginning in their second week. Students will be responsible to complete checklists for each vital which is to be performed. Once their vital checklists are completed through practicing, they will perform a final hands-on exam with their instructor to ensure that they are competent in obtaining the patient’s clinical vitals. Students will be educated in body mechanics, meaning specific terminology will be instructed, ensuring the student is competent in various positions needed for various examinations to be performed. Transfers are an important aspect of this class, where the student will be informed about the proper and safe ways to help patients out of wheelchairs, off or on to treatment beds, including helping a patient off of the floor in the event of a fall.

Charting

This charting course will start with a quick refresher of how to make a manual chart and where to keep pertinent information. The student will then move into learning what clinical information needs to be recorded in a patient’s chart – with a wide array of different appointment types addressed. Students will be given an introduction to forms in this class. The student will learn charting as their first section in this course because they will be using charting of clinical information and completion of forms throughout their course as charting is imperative to patient care.

Infection Control

Students will be educated on universal precautions common in the clinic environment. There will be education in the area of hand washing including proper glove (sterile and non-sterile) application and removal. Students will be knowledgeable on cleaning exam rooms and clinic stations to ensure no cross-contamination and safety for patients and staff. There will be education on exposure to needle pokes, blood and bodily fluids including the proper use of a vomit kit and spill kit. Ensuring proper knowledge of handling and disposing sharps. Students will have knowledge of using proper isolation techniques including use of equipment and proper disposal of equipment and biohazard waste. Student will take part in WHMIS training as well in this class.

Specimen Collection

Students will understand the importance of collecting specimens for continuation of care of patients. There will be instruction on a number of commonly seen specimen collection including: • Fecal (FIT, Stool C&S, Ova and Parasite, Pinworm, C Diff) • Urine (Urinalysis, C&S, Cytology, STI screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea) • Mycology (fungal testing – skin and nail specimen collection) • Swabs (C&S, viral, aerobic) Also covered in this class will be the preparation of sending samples including the requisition needed and labels required for each.

Wrapping and Sterilization

Students will learn about various instruments used in a clinical setting as well as sanitization and disinfection techniques. Students will also learn how to properly wrap instruments to prepare for autoclaving. As well, students will be instructed on how to properly run an Autoclave cycle.

WHMIS Training

Students will learn detailed plans for safely using hazardous materials at a medical office. Identification by labels, safety data sheets (SDS) and education helps the student prepare for use with various chemicals used in a medical clinic. The outcome of WHMIS is to help prevent injuries, illness, death, and fires caused by hazardous materials. Students will receive training in the following areas: hazard identification, product classification, labelling, safety data sheets, as well as worker training and education.

Microsoft Office

This Microsoft Office course will give the student building blocks to navigate through any project using Word and Excel. The Microsoft Office course is designed to give the students practical use of the program and to be able to apply this knowledge in an office setting. Each chapter builds on the previous knowledge learned and covers both basic and advanced use of Microsoft Office which will build further on the student’s understanding of these programs.

Financial Management/Math Skills

Financial management/math skills will give the student basic skills in understanding financial transactions of a business. These skills will be expanded on further through manual and computerized accounting courses. The student will be taught terminology associated and step-by- step instructions of different transaction types that would take place daily in a medical setting. While being instructed in this area, basic math skills will be covered.

Anatomy and Physiology

This anatomy and physiology course will give the student a basic understanding of what anatomy and physiology is, specialized to body systems. This will give the student the ability to describe a body system and understand the systemic properties. There will also be instruction on pathological conditions of each system. Medical abbreviations will be covered in this course. This course will be a prerequisite to medical transcription.

Basic Medical Billing

This basic medical billing course will give the student experience with basic medical billing procedures in Saskatchewan. In this course, the student will learn basic rules and regulations that will be applied to medical billing in an office setting. This course focuses on procedures performed in a medical office, hospital, house calls, or care homes. The ability to submit and reconcile claims is not covered in this unit because we are not a functioning medical clinic; however, these procedures are discussed throughout the course.

Medical Law and Ethics

This medical law and ethics course will give the student relevant knowledge and understanding of basic history of law and ethics pertaining to the medical profession. Covered in this course will be the difference between law and ethics, legal responsibilities of anyone employed in a medical setting, and information about cases involving malpractice and negligence in the province of Saskatchewan.

Patient Psychology

Grammar

This patient psychology course will give the student relevant knowledge and understanding of various psychological methods and ideology pertaining to patient care. Covered in this course will be basic human needs, stages of grieving, different personality types, and communication with all patients.

Communications/Cultural Sensitivity

The communications course will cover effective communication and conflict resolution with special emphasis on cultural differences. Students will pay particular attention to how they present themselves both intentionally and unintentionally and how to professionally present themselves in a medical office environment. This course will pay particular attention to creating, building, and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Each chapter dealt with will include a summary of applying skills to workplace situations.

Basic Medical Transcription

This basic transcription course will give the student experience with transcribing important medical reports that are specialty specific. The modules in basic transcription are designed to give the student a real-time feel of transcribing in a medical setting. This course will work on the student’s ability to manage time, use resources, and use knowledge gained in the previously completed courses of grammar, proofreading, basic terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Basic medical transcription is a prerequisite of advanced medical transcription.

CPR 

Students will complete an approved CPR and First Aid Level C AED course in order to meet their requirements for course completion. This course is arranged by Axiom with a third-party provider who instructs CPR for Red Cross.

This grammar course will take you through the basics of English grammar, giving a solid foundation of proper grammar usage for further learning. Writing and grammar skills are essential in any line of work, at any age, and for any reason. This class will center on instructing students to properly and effectively apply grammar rules to professional situations. Including covering the eight parts of speech, the student will also have skills in proper sentence structure, correct word/verb usage, proper punctuation, and proper number expression.

Medical Office Procedures

The medical office procedures course will cover particular skills necessary for effectively functioning in a medical office environment. The class will include proper professional written and verbal communication, filing, procedures manuals, all pertaining to a medical office environment. Along with these skills, the student will learn the personal qualifications and responsibilities of a medical office assistant. The course will develop professional skills to be used in any office setting. Students will be trained in manual skills as well as using the Accuro EMR program.

Basic Medical Terminology –

This basic medical terminology course will give the student a basic understanding of the medical language. There are twelve units that will be body system specific. Included in this course is prefix, suffix, and word root usage, pronunciation, and terminology with definitions of medical words. Basic medical terminology is a prerequisite for advanced medical terminology.

Typing

This course would contain typing practice strategies for students to build confidence typing beginning with basic typing practices. Once these practices are learned the student moves on to focusing on accuracy and finally building on typing speed. To produce an acceptable typing speed, the student must provide three (3) different typing timings with five (5) or less mistakes. The typing speed will then be an average of the three qualified timings. Student timings can only be accepted when completed in Axiom’s computer lab. An instructor must be present. The student name must be printed on the timing.

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