Nursing Unit Clerk

Credential Certificate
Tuition $8000
Duration 6 months (full-time)
2017 Intakes April (Winter semester), September (Fall semester)
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Format Face-to Face
Days & Times Mon, Tue- & Thur, Fri, days and times vary

Nursing Unit Clerks (NUCs) play an integral, non-clinical support role in the delivery of health care service. They are the key communication link between visitors, nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team. Due to the fast-paced and complex nature of health care service, NUCs must possess excellent communication skills, keen multitasking abilities, and an aptitude for attention to detail. UFV’s NUC program offers students the most current industry knowledge and practical skills so that upon graduation, our students are job ready. This challenging career can be both personally and financially rewarding.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:

1. Apply online
2. Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 30 net wpm* minimum typing speed from a recognized agency within one year (for testing, view available test dates here)
4. Proof of English 12 with a final grade of C+ or higher.  If you do not have a C+ or higher in English 12, you may write a Composition Placement Test (CPT) at our main campus with a completed score of 48 or higher.  To write the CPT, register in advance through the Office of the Registrar (OReg) at any UFV campus.

*most Health Authorities require a minimum typing speed of 55 net wpm for employment

Funding: This program is eligible for student finance, contact Financial Aid
Contact UFV Bookstore
Student benefits:
Contact Student Union Society (SUS)

Once you receive your letter of acceptance from the registration office, you will be contacted via email by the Program Coordinator with next steps.

Step 2: Application Review

5.  Mandatory Orientation
6.  Health Authorities require a security record check
7.  Health Authorities require up to date immunizations - A form is provided to students on the first day of class

Once you receive a formal acceptance letter for this program, you may register and fees will be due at this time.

Program Information

UFV’s Nursing Unit Clerk certificate program will teach you a number of skills to allow you to work successfully in the demanding position of a Nursing Unit Clerk. You will learn how to communicate effectively with patients, visitors, and other members of the health care team. You will learn how to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, process doctors' orders and instructions, and perform clerical duties that relate to the overall care of the patient. You will also gain a working knowledge of health care code of ethics. UFV offers small class sizes for individualized attention and to optimize learning.

The program includes 13 courses. Courses include a combination of theory and practice-related exercises, such as processing doctors’ orders, before participating in a 150-hour hospital practicum placement.

The courses are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient Chart Records
  • Admissions/Transfers/Discharges
  • Pharmacology I
  • Pharmacology II
  • Medical Imaging
  • Diagnostic Orders
  • Laboratory Orders
  • Surgical Orders
  • Therapeutic Orders
  • Hospital Practices
  • Practicum

There is a 150-hour practicum component that must be taken immediately following the 12 theory modules. You must successfully complete the theory components before you can be assigned a practicum placement. You will be responsible for your own transportation to your practicum site.



updated May 2016


Registration for winter courses now open

Earn a certificate to advance your career — or gain a new skill by taking a course. Choose now from UFV Continuing Education’s Winter 2017 options.

View the catalogue

General Information:

Twitter Facebook Linkedin Flikr UFV on Google+ YouTube goUFV