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Continuing Education

Nursing Unit Clerk Certificate

Health Care

Launch a career in health care

Get ready to work as a certified nursing unit clerk in a hospital or care facility and take on the administrative and liaison responsibilities that enable a health care unit to function smoothly.

The Nursing Unit Clerk program teaches you to communicate effectively with nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team. You learn to prioritize in a fast-paced environment, identify commonly used hospital drugs, process doctors’ orders, and follow up accordingly. Course materials based on current industry standards and a hands-on practicum ensure that, upon graduation, you are fully qualified to launch a career in this dynamic field. Due to the fast-paced and complex nature of health care service, NUCs must possess excellent communication skills, keen multitasking abilities, and attention to detail.

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full time

Delivery: Online

Duration: 6.5 months

Days and times: Online and real-time Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am-2:30 pm

Tuition*: $8,703

Program eligible for financial aid

Practicum available? Yes

Start dates: January; September

* Tuition subject to change without notice. Textbooks are not included in tuition.

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Entrance requirements

Academic Requirements

You must meet all academic requirements to be accepted to the program.

  • View the academic requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar
  • A keyboarding speed of 40 net words per minute is required by the end of the program to be eligible to graduate

Program Requirements

Keyboarding Assessment

  • If you can type 40 net words per minute, you can complete a keyboard assessment.
  • If you cannot type 40 net words per minute yet, you will automatically be enrolled in a free online keyboarding course.

Health Assessment


The BC Health Authorities require you to be up-to-date on your vaccinations. For questions about immunizations please contact Immunize BC, your doctor, or a community health centre.

Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

A satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for practicum.

Submitting Documents

Documents must be scanned; pictures will not be accepted.

  • Attach both the Health Assessment Record and Immunization Record and email: 
  • Label Subject Line: NUC Documents, Lastname, First Initial
  • If you fail to email the documentation, you cannot be placed in a practicum and are not eligible to graduate.
Program outline


The program consists of 12 courses that include a combination of theory and practice-related exercises before you participate in a 150-hour hospital practicum. 


Nursing Unit Clerk Fall 2023 Schedule

Nursing Unit Clerk Winter 2024 Schedule



Students complete a 150-hour practicum at the end of their program that provides a meaningful work-like experience and exposure to a hospital setting. To qualify for practicum, you must successfully complete all courses within the program.

Your practicum placements will reflect the business practices of your practicum host. Many nursing unit clerks work part-time hours and varying shift schedules, so your practicum shifts will reflect the schedule of the host you are paired with.

While CE tries to place students near their city of residence, we cannot guarantee a practicum placement in a particular city. For example, students who live outside of the Fraser Valley, may need to travel to the Fraser Valley to complete their practicum. Transportation to the practicum site is your responsibility.

You will receive one practicum site placement. If you refuse your assigned practicum site, you will need to find your own site and obtain departmental approval prior to the start of your practicum.

Please discuss any barriers that may affect your practicum assignment with Continuing Education immediately after registration.


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It was an intensive eight months. It’s very different from high school. It requires a lot of studying, but you end up with more knowledge than you expected. Teachers are passionate about the subject. And you get grounded in medical terminology and what to expect in a hospital setting.
  • – Victoria Hu
  •    NUC, Abbotsford Regional Hospital

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