The Medical major provides you with a solid foundation in medical office and unit clerk procedures as well as in medical terminology, required health and safety measures, various clinical skills, and records management. In addition, students use current computer and software skills necessary for today’s health care field.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
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Work-integrated learning field placement

One of the benefits of the Office Assistant program is its work-integrated learning field placement component, which gives you hands-on experience in a real world setting. The field placement helps to make meaningful connections and may even lead to full-time work.

Students who have successfully completed their first and second terms and who are registered for courses in the third term are eligible for a field placement.

To complete the Medical major you are required to take a placement with a duration of four weeks. Due to hospital and collective agreement regulations, instructors must assist you with your placement in hospital sites. You need to have complete vaccinations and security checks before you begin your placement. Instructors will notify you of any additional requirements for field placements.

International students

International students must have a co-op work permit before starting field placement, clinical practice or practicum. A co-op work permit is different from your study permit; it is an additional permit that authorizes international students to participate in work that is integral to their program of study. If you will be working with vulnerable populations in a health, community or medical field, you will need an up-to-date medical exam by an IRCC-approved panel physician before applying for a co-op work permit.

Ask MacEwan International about the documents you need to have to apply. You should apply for a co-op work permit 4-6 months before the start of your field placement, clinical practice or practicum as current IRCC processing times are lengthy.


Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in diverse health care environments such as medical offices, insurance agencies, clinics, hospitals, and government agencies, as:

  • Medical office assistants
  • Medical receptionists
  • Clinical support specialists
  • Clinical assistants
  • Unit clerks
  • Administrative support
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