Nursing Unit Clerk

Credential Certificate
Tuition *$8000
Duration 6 months (full-time)
2017 Intakes April (Winter: Jan - April) 
September (Fall: Sep - Dec)
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Format In class
Days & Times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 
(no classes on Wednesdays)
9:00am - 2:30pm

*Subject to change without notice.

Health authorities require a criminal record check and up-to-date immunizations. If a students does not obtain this documentation, they cannot be placed in practicum and will not be eligible to graduate from the program.

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 by Step instructions click: How to Apply to Program 

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

  • Apply online to program
  • Grade 12 graduation
  • English 12 with a final grade of (C+) or higher, or a Composition Placement Test (CPT) with a grade of 48 or higher
  • Keyboarding speed of 30 net words 


updated Jan 12, 2017


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