Nursing Unit Clerk

Credential Certificate
Tuition $6495
Duration 8 months (full-time)
Intakes April, September
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Days & Times Mon-Fri, days and times vary
Program Start *April, *September

*Program full, with waitlist - Next available intake is April, 2016

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. UFV application form (no application fee required)
Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 30 net wpm* minimum typing speed. Contact Valley Personnel at 604-859-6511.
4. Composition Placement Test (CPT) with 48 or higher Book here
*most Health Authorities require a minimum typing speed of 55 net wpm for employment

Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg)

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

Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Education department. If entrance requirements (1 - 4) above are met, you will be contacted for an interview with the instructor.

Step 2: Application Review

5.  Personal interview with the instructor
6.  Willingness to undergo a security record check

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

You will be assessed on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, practicum and examination results. You must achieve an 80 percent grade average and attendance of 90 per cent in each course in order to earn the certificate. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

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.

Who knows more about life on a busy hospital ward than those who have worked on the floor? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.



In addition to a selection of Continuing Education courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.

updated Mar 25, 2015

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