Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2000

51.0716  Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of special assistants and personal secretaries for practicing physicians and nurses, health care facilities and services administrators, and other health care professionals. These programs include courses in business and medical communications, medical terminology, principles of health care operations, public relations and interpersonal communications, software applications, record-keeping and filing systems, scheduling and meeting planning, applicable policies and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

Example Program Names:

  • Dental secretary
  • Medical administrative assistant
  • Medical secretarial
  • Medical secretary


  • Medical administration [see 51.0705 Medical Office Management/Administration]
  • Medical office assistant [see 51.0710 Medical Office Assistant/Specialist]
  • Administrative assistant [see 52.0401 Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General]
  • Executive assistant [see 52.0402 Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary]