Health Office Administration
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Business and Hospitality
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, BR
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
In this two-year diploma, students develop the medical base of knowledge, technical and administrative skills and professional communication expertise required to work in today's increasingly complex and challenging health care environment.
With a strong emphasis on problem solving, hands-on application and critical thinking, the Health Office Administration program prepares graduates to confidently assume administrative positions integral to the success of health care organizations. Coursework in medical and dental office management, hospital unit administration, insurance practices and medical transcription, coupled with current business computing applications, bookkeeping and office management procedures ensure that Conestoga's Health Office Administration graduates are in demand in a wide variety of health care settings.
In addition to participating in health office simulations, students will have the opportunity to consolidate their skills in the fourth semester of this program in an eight-week (minimum 280 hour) unpaid work placement in a local health care organization.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Brantford - September/2014 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener), Brantford
First-Year Capacity: 20 Brantford, 55 Doon
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- A previous course in biology is recommended.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Keyboarding with a minimum of 35 words/minute is recommended on admission to enhance success.
Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following before Semester 4 but no sooner than the beginning of Semester 3 (the program coordinator will provide further details regarding the appropriate timeline in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
- a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
- completed immunization records
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Professional) certification
- Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program.
Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to program fee chart for information.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to international program fee chart for information.
*Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates can expect to find employment in a variety of health facilities and organizations including medical, dental, optometry and chiropractic offices, hospitals, health clinics, community service agencies, and insurance companies.
Continuing education courses in such areas as provincial billing, pharmacology and diagnostic tests are available at many community colleges.
Athabasca University offers graduates a block of 45 out of 90 credits towards a post-diploma degree in Health Administration. This degree is completed by distance education.
100% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $36,615.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit Transfer
Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.
- Apply the integrated health and business knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of health settings.
- Apply specific administrative skills required to work in the medical, dental, and specialized health office environments.
- Demonstrate effective practice management skills in a variety of health office settings.
- Demonstrate the administrative and communication skills necessary to manage a patient care unit in the hospital setting.
- Apply health teaching concepts in a variety of settings.
- Assist the health provider with specified procedures as directed.
- Communicate effectively with patients, their families, colleagues, the public and other members of the health care team.
- Apply the principles of health care terminology in both verbal and written form.
- Apply various approaches for managing health records in a variety of health care settings.
- Transcribe medical documents at a job entry level.
- Demonstrate computer skills appropriate for non-medical and medical environments.
- Demonstrate professional behaviour.
- Work effectively both independently and as a member of a health care team.
- Demonstrate the ability to touch type at a minimum net speed consistent with standard business requirements.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
Apply NowDomestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.