Nursing Unit Clerk certificate
This certificate program is designed to prepare people
to work as nursing unit clerks or to upgrade their skills if presently employed
as nursing unit clerks.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the
knowledge and skills to perform the duties required of a nursing unit clerk.
Graduates will be able to:
Communicate effectively with patients, visitors, and other members of the
health care team
Demonstrate an understanding of the organization, structure, and function of
the various departments of a hospital
Function effectively in a fast-paced environment, often in emergency
Process doctors' orders and requests
Perform clerical duties related to hospital nursing unit and patient records
Identify, pronounce, and spell the names of commonly used hospital drugs
Perform clerical duties relating to the overall care of patients
Perform standard receptionist duties
Have a knowledge of and ability to work within general hospital code of
1. Grade 12 or equivalent.
2. Strong oral and written knowledge of English. A CPT
score of 48 or better or successful completion of ESL course level 80 English
may be required.
3. Introductory computer course or equivalent
4. 30 wpm typing speed. (Attach copy of certificate.).
5. Willingness to undergo a security clearance check.
6. Willingness to obtain inoculations to participate in
hospital practicum placement.
7. A 500-word written statement outlining your reasons
for wanting to take the program.
8. Interview with instructor(s).
9. Personal suitability recommended skills and
patience and composure under stress
concern for the welfare of others
previous hospital experience
ability to work under close direction as part of a health
ability and willingness to do shift work
communication and people skills, diplomatic front-line
When to apply and register
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
How to apply and register
1. Fill out a UFV application for admission form.
2. Fill out a Continuing Studies additional application form.
3. Attach all required documentation and return
completed registration package to the Continuing Studies office at the
4. A Composition Placement
Test (CPT) score of 48 or better may be required.
5. Once advised of acceptance to the program, you may
register. Section fees are due when you register for each section.
6. Applications are accepted and instructor
appointments held periodically throughout the year.
Tuition fees: $5,100 (subject to change)
Supplies: $100 (subject to change)
All fees which total more than $100 in a calendar year
are fully tax deductible.
Financial aid is available from a variety of sources.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford
or Chilliwack campus. A variety of bursary applications are also available from
the Financial Aid and Awards offices.
Students will be evaluated for each course in the
program on classroom participation, classroom assignments, study projects and
practica, as well as by examination. Students must maintain a grade percentage
of 80% and an attendance record of 90% per module. You must successfully
complete all theory components prior to practicum placement.
The grading procedure for this program is based on the
UFV grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded for the first theory
modules and a credit (Cr) or no credit (NCr) is awarded for the practicum
module. Official transcripts are issued upon completion of the entire program.
Students challenging components are required to pay the
full tuition fee for that section prior to examination. (Based on the UFV
official policy on course challenge.)
In addition to classroom activities, students will be
required to research, study and prepare assignments outside of class for
approximately three to six hours per week (part time) or eight to ten hours per
week (full time).
Part-time classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings and
some Saturdays at the UFV Marshall Road Annex campus. The part-time program
begins in January, with a summer break, and the practicum begins the following March.
The full-time program runs between Monday-Friday at the
UFV Abbotsford campus. The full-time program begins in September, with a
Christmas break, and the practicum begins in April.
Skills for the Nursing Unit Clerk (HLTH NC01)
Terminology (HLTH NC00)
Records (HLTH NC02)
Admissions/Transfers/Discharges (HLTH NC03)
|Pharmacology I (HLTH
|Pharmacology II (HLTH
|Surgical Orders (HLTH
Identify organs and structures of the body and
explain main functions of these systems
Define prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combining forms of medical
Pronounce and spell medical terminology
Understand and use medical definitions and abbreviations
Communication Skills for the Nursing Unit Clerk
Communication with hospital staff, patients, and visitors
Nursing unit observation
Meeting hospital emergencies
Patient Chart Records
Patient charts and records
Maintaining the patient's charts
Admissions, Transfers and Discharges
Admitting, transferring, and discharging the patient
Pharmacology Medication Orders Part I
Using the compendium of pharmaceuticals
Drugs that affect disease-causing organisms
Drugs that affect the nervous system
Drugs that affect the endocrine system
Drugs that affect the respiratory system
Medication order components
Pharmacology Medication Orders Part II
Describing the process necessary to transcribe
medication orders and identify specific forms
Transcribing doctors' orders to appropriate forms
Communicating new or changed doctors' orders
Replacing or updating policy, and the process necessary to change a doctor's
Using the CPS to process medication orders
Radiology and other diagnostic orders
Introduction to processing of doctors' orders
Introduction to the laboratory department
Haematology orders, chemistry orders
Microbiology orders, pathology orders
Blood bank orders
Miscellaneous laboratory orders
Obtaining laboratory results
Drugs that affect the gastrointestinal system
Drugs that affect the circulation system
Processing medication orders
Processing IV Therapy orders
Nursing Unit Clerk Practicum
Admissions, transfer, and discharges
Processing of doctors' orders
Managerial skills, interpersonal relations
Hospital computer systems
Utilize the MediTech order entry systems
Basic resume styles
Interview process and questions
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