Nursing Unit Clerk






 6 months (full-time)

 2017 Intakes

 April (Winter) & September (Fall)


 Abbotsford Clearbrook centre


 In class

 Days & Times

 Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri (9:00am - 2:30pm)

*subject to change without notice.

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.

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 12 courses; a combination of theory and practice-related exercises, such as processing doctors’ orders, before participating in a hospital practicum.

  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology I
  • Patient Chart Records
  • Admissions/Transfers/Discharges
  • Pharmacology II
  • Laboratory Orders
  • Medical Imaging
  • Diagnostic Orders
  • Surgical Orders
  • Therapeutic Orders
  • Hospital Practices
  • Practicum
    • An optional Medical Imaging practicum is available for an additional cost.

 A 150-hour practicum component must be taken immediately following the 12 courses. Students who qualify for the practicum will be assigned a site by Continuing Education. Transportation to the practicum site is the responsibility of the student and may require travel outside of the student’s city of residence. 

Application Information

Step 1: Admission Requirements

You are not considered complete until these requirements have been met:

  1. Apply Online to the program, application type is either CE new student or CE returning student

  2. Grade 12 Graduation or equivalent. You are required to submit high school transcripts to the Office of the Registrar (OReg).

  3. Proof of English 12 with a final grade of C+ or higher.
    *If you do not have a C+ minimum, you may write a Composition Placement Test (CPT). A score of 48 or higher is required. To register, contact OReg at the Abbotsford main campus or the Chilliwack (CEP) campus.

  4. Keyboarding Assessment is required. The results are valid for one year. As of January 1, 2017, Continuing Education no longer accepts third party keyboarding assessments.

    *If you need to increase your typing speed, view the Online Keyboarding course. 

OReg will send you an email indicating they have received your application within three business days of your submission. You will receive your permanent UFV student ID number and information about accessing your myUFV  account will be included.

Step 2: Application Review

You will receive an email from OReg regarding your status in the program. One of the two statuses below will apply to you. Seats are offered to students with a complete application in date order received.

Complete Applications
Your application will be forwarded to Continuing Education for program review.

Incomplete Applications
An application is not considered complete until all documentation is submitted. Students will be referred to their Checklist at myUFV to find out if there are any missing documents.

Step 3: Program Orientation

You will receive an email from the Program Coordinator in Continuing Education (CE) to attend a mandatory orientation for the program, six week prior to semester start. Be sure to check your student email account frequently for updates.

Please note, most health programs require a criminal record check and up-to-date immunizations

Step 4: Program Acceptance

You will receive an email from OReg admitting you to the program. Then you will receive an email from the Program Coordinator with details regarding tuition payment, textbooks, supplies and student funding information.


updated Jan 12, 2017



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