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Specialist in Applied Information Technology - LCE.3V Option: Medical Office Assistant

Modern medical offices demand medical office assistants who have hands-on knowledge of the latest software programs. CDI College's Specialist in Applied Information Technology - LCE.3V Option: Medical Office Assistant certification shows potential employers that you have experience in Microsoft Office applications such as Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.


  • Secondary V diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • Successful admission test



  • 1 year (12 to 14 months) OR 2 years (24 months)
Conditions for admission to an Attestation of College Studies (ACS)
A person who has received instruction considered sufficient by the college and meets any of the following conditions may be admitted to a program of studies leading to an Attestation of College Studies:


  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies or pursued full-time postsecondary studies for at least 2 consecutive terms or 1 school year;
  • the person is covered by an agreement entered into between the college and an employer or by a government program of studies;
  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies for one term and pursued full-time postsecondary studies for one term; or
  • the person holds a Secondary School Vocational Diploma.


To graduate, students must obtain the required pass mark in each course.


This program leads to an ACS (Attestation of College Studies) recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education (Permit 749747).
This program is offered in English or French.

Program Courses

412-1PM-ID - Introduction to the administrative assistant profession
Duties of the medical assistant. Role of the assistant and those of related professions. Work demands. Professional ethics. Desktop and Windows™ file system. Difference between software and operating systems. Definition of the functions of a computer. Management of files and directories. Use of the Internet and the Web (advanced search, quality information from reliable sources, etc.). How to set up an email account using a public provider (read, organize, and send messages). Introduction to ergonomics, priority management (ranking, telephone calls, organization of the day and the office, working method, report preparation). Customer service. Communication, professionalism and ethics at work.
412-TT1-ID - Word Processing 1

Fundamentals of Microsoft Word™, a word processing software. Typing techniques. Using basic page layout elements such as margins, fonts, file manipulation, editing commands, special effects, format, headers and footers, and table of contents. Spellchecking. Medical terminology. Medical transcription.

412-TT2-ID - Word Processing 2

Advanced notions of a Microsoft Word™. Using advanced page layout elements such as merging tables, producing envelopes and labels, forms, macro commands, columns, graphic functions, and inserting images. Legal terminology. Medical terminology. Medical transcription. Typing techniques. Rules for presenting a report in proper and due form.

412-0AR-ID - Tools for Reports Writing

Advantages and disadvantages of different writing support tools. Support tools on the Web. Direct mail and merging documents. Dynamic table of contents. Report writing. Spelling and grammar corrections. Medical transcription. Letters, memos, grammar guide, organization of a meeting (notice of meeting, planning calendar and agenda, meeting simulation, note taking and minutes preparation).

412-CE1-ID - Spreadsheet 1

Fundamentals of the Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet. Default settings. Editing commands, application of special effects, cell format, printing, creation of graphics. Applications for the medical sector (Preparation of an expense account, purchase of medical supplies, calculation of salaries, laboratory results, etc.).

412-GBD-ID - Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Microsoft Access™, a database manager. Designing a database and its tables. Entering, editing, deleting and saving items. Creating and modifying a query using specific conditions. Selection and design of screen formats, creation, modification and printing of reports. Applications in the medical field (patients, appointments, laboratory results, medical supplies, etc.). Design and creation of medical databases (patients, pathologies, appointments, doctors' schedules, forms, patient pathology, laboratory report for a patient, complete medical report, etc.). Design and use of tables. Creating queries using multiple conditions. Design and adaptation of reports. Integration of the different software of Microsoft Office™ suite in the same application.
412-LDP-ID - Presentation Software

Fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint™, a presentation software. Document creation such as the use of images from artwork bank, insertion of sound effects, etc. Advanced page layout concepts including creating, opening, saving a Portable Document Format document (pdf), universalizing the file exchange format, presenting and using the browser, modifying objects, using pencils and markers, management of bookmarks, articles and links. Reaching the target audience. Professional presentation. Applications to the medical sector (pre-natal courses, vaccination clinic, waiting room presentations, etc.).

412-1NT-ID - Internet Technology

Basics of Microsoft Outlook™, an email software. Main suppliers and services offered. Professional writing of e-mails. Attachments. Computerized signature. Management of emails, folders, agenda (scheduling conflicts) and priorities. Tracking tasks (reminders). Convocation and invitation to meetings. Labels on the Web. Search engines, loading files from the Internet, image importing. Introduction to creating, editing, and saving Web pages.

412-CEM-ID - Spreadsheet II

Advanced notions of Microsoft Excel™. Automation of tasks. Protection of data and workbooks. Statistical functions, financial functions, analysis functions, logical functions, search functions and data functions (filters and sorting). Medical applications such as statistics (illnesses, patient profile, etc.) and accounting operations related to medical acts (billing, wages, etc.).

412-SCL-ID - Customer service in a medical environment

Customer experience simulation activities. Professionalism and decorum in a medical environment (appearance, dress code, confidentiality, etc.). Judgment, discernment and autonomy (asking the right questions, setting priorities, etc.). Active listening. Empathy. Management of crises (patients, doctors, colleagues).

412-TEM-ID - Medical terminology
Basic notions of anatomy. Medical terminology as it relates to the different systems of the human body. Digestive system. Cardiovascular system. Blood and lymphatic system. Respiratory system. Urinary system. Genital system. Musculoskeletal system. Endocrine system. Nervous system. Abbreviations and symbols. Medical terms of diagnostic methods associated with pharmacology, anatomy, various pathologies as well as medical treatments and interventions (radiology, laboratory, ultrasound, etc.).
412-MPM-ID - Introduction to the Medical Environment

Types of health facilities and their internal structure. Associations and professional orders (Physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals). Ethics and professional ethics such as applicable laws, rules of confidentiality and professional secrecy. Medical specialties. Professionalism (image, dress, confidentiality, etc.). Rules of verbal and written communication (clarity, empathy, crisis management, priorities, etc.). Knowledge of medical terminology including the nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

412-PDM-ID - Production of Medical Documents

Terminology and bilingual medical abbreviations. Classifying drugs. Types of documents to be produced and their specificity: consultation report, pathology report, autopsy report, medical expertise report (CNESST, SAAQ, insurance companies, etc.), summary of medical files, etc. Medical transcription. Template design (memos, memos, letters, etc.).

412-GDM-ID - Medical File Management

Patient records and identification systems. Active and inactive files. Records management in hospital and non-hospital medical care. Observation notes, medical notes, consultation requests, hospital records, clinical records, archiving, health insurance cards, etc. Special cases, i.e. inter-provincial forms, foreign patients, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the army, CNESST, medical claims (RAMQ, visit codes, etc.), SIMDUT, etc. Creating appropriate tables and links. Retention schedule for medical records.

412-PFE-ID - End of Studies - Project

Application of the technical elements seen during the program. Application of the knowledge, know-how and skills developed during training. Adoption of the rules of professional ethics related to the practice of the profession. The project can take the form of an internship in a professional environment.

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