This certificate program is designed to prepare students
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
Completion of grade 12 or equivalent.
Proficient use of the English language. (See English language proficiency requirement for details on this requirement.) A final grade of C+ or better in English 12 (see Note), or a CPT (Composition Placement Test) score of 48 or better or successful completion of ELS (English Language Studies) course level 080 English meets the English language proficiency requirement.
English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).
30 wpm typing speed. (Attach copy of certificate.).
Willingness to undergo a criminal records clearance check.
Willingness to obtain inoculations to participate in
hospital practicum placement.
Successful interview with program instructors.
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
Note 1: It is assumed that applicants will possess basic computer skills.
Note 2: 40 wpm typing speed is required for employment within Fraser Health.
When to apply
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.
Attach all required documentation and return
completed registration package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg).
Fees and additional costs
For current program fees, please refer to ufv.ca/nuc.
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. Successful completion of both theory and practicum must be achieved to obtain the certificate.
This full-time program runs Monday-Friday during the daytime at UFV's Clearbrook Centre in the Fall and Summer semesters.
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
Medical Imaging (HLTH NC12)
Surgical Orders (HLTH
For more information
Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 6324, or firstname.lastname@example.org.