Nursing Unit Clerk
certificate program

Certificate $6,495 8 Months September Clearbrook Centre
4 days per week, days vary
Daytime, hours vary (generally 10am - 3pm)

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.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Office Assistant certificate, students may also continue their studies into the Medical Office Manager program. 


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

1.  UFV application form (no application fee required)
2.  Grade 12 or equivalent
3.  30 net wpm minimum typing speed. Contact
4.  Proof of meeting UFV's English Language Proficiency Standards    

Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (O'REG)

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

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


1.  Personal interview with the instructor
8.  Willingness to undergo a security record check

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


UFV’s Nursing Unit Clerk certificate program will help prepare you to work in the demanding position of a nursing unit clerk within a hospital. You will learn how to communicate effectively with patients, visitors, and other members of the health care team. You will also learn how to perform in a fast-paced environment, process doctor’s orders and instructions, perform clerical duties that relate to the care of the patient, and gain a working knowledge of a hospital or health care setting’s 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. 


Heather Chapman
Program Coordinator
604-864-4626 or 1-888-504-7441, local 4626

In addition to a selection of Continuing Studies 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.

last updated April 2014


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