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What is a Medical Assistant in Canada?

Curious about pursuing a career as a medical assistant in Canada? Bredin College offers full medical assistant courses to students looking to pursue this very exciting career path.

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks in the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists. In small practices, they are “generalists,” who handle both administrative and clinical duties and report directly to an office manager, physician, or another health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.

Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping. Medical Assistants may also arrange examining room instruments and equipment.

 Clinical Medical Assisting Responsibilities Can Include:

  • Monitoring patient vital signs
  • Taking medical histories
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Collecting laboratory samples

Administrative Medical Assisting Responsibilities Can Include:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Maintaining medical records
  • Medical billing
  • Coding for insurance claims

The field of Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in this decade.

What Does Our Medical Assistant Program Offer You?

  • Fundamentals of medical diagnostic techniques
  • Study of the anatomy and physiology of the body
  • CPR certification
  • Knowledge of standard clinical and laboratory procedures


As a graduate of this program, you will have the knowledge and ability required to obtain entry-level employment in a variety of interesting health care settings, including:

  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Community Health Centres
  • Dental Offices
  • Insurance Companies
  • Optometrist and Other Specialties Offices

Medical clerical positions are also available in research and care agencies, pharmaceutical firms, medical supply firms and related service businesses.

Is a Rewarding Career in Medical Office Assisting Right for You? Get More Info…

If you are interested in learning more about a career as a Medical Office Assistant with Unit Clerk and exploring whether Bredin College is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.