Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate

Develop practical skills and knowledge for a dynamic career as a unit clerk. You will play a vital role in managing the information flow in hospital nursing units. Learn to provide administrative and clerical support, including applied training in medical terminology and transcription. You will also take part in workplace practicums to gain first-hand experience and applied skills practice.


 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
Length: 9 months, part-time
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Hospital unit clerks are essential members of a health care team. A clerk provides vital support to other staff while also ensuring the office or unit runs smoothly. It’s a rewarding career and one that’s in high demand.

Laura Hickey, instructor, Hospital Unit Clerk certificate

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Program Requirements

  • HUC-100 Hospital Unit Clerk Overview
  • HUC-101 Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology
  • HUC-103 Introduction to Pharmacology 
  • HUC-104 Non Clinical Management of the Nursing Unit 
  • HUC-105 Unit Clerk Procedures
  • HUC-106 Unit Clerk Practicum

Completion Requirements

  • You must achieve a grade of 75% or better in each course; and pass the practicum course.
  • You must complete the HUC program within two, consecutive terms.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or equivalent, or successfully complete a Hospital Unit Clerk English assessment; and
  2. C in Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-calculus 10, Applications of Math 10, MAT-029; or successfully complete a Hospital Unit Clerk Math assessment; and
  3. Keyboarding speed minimum of 50 words per minute with three errors or less. Contact the nearest NIC Campus to book your typing test.

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Before Classes Begin

Once you have been accepted to the program, but before classes begin, you will be required to:

  • submit a Criminal Record Check permission form, which will be sent to you by Admissions.
  • complete the Immunization form, which will be sent to you by Admissions. This form will be sent to you by Admissions, and must be validated by a public health nurse at your local health unit and must be submitted on the first day of class. The test must indicate Rubella IgG reactive and Varicella immune status.
  • have strong essay writing and good computer skills as you are expected to submit well written, word processed assignments and access online resources.

To Be Successful

In addition to the admission requirements, you should:

  • have strong word processing skills as computers are used in most health care facilities.
  • be motivated to work in a stressful, fast-paced working environment.
  • note that TB testing may be required.
  • have strong study skills and the ability to maintain a heavy homework load.
  • have completed Grade 12. Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact a educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC.
  • be available for practicum placements that may be scheduled during day shifts. It may be necessary to make arrangements for vacation leave and/or daycare arrangements when your practicum is scheduled.

Program Highlights

The nine-month Hospital Unit Clerk certificate is suited for anyone seeking entry-level employment, as well as those currently employed in the health care field wishing to upgrade their skills. The program is offered evenings beginning in the fall term and concluding in the summer term, and involves self-directed home study and practicums. You must complete all of the courses in the program within this time frame. 
You will study the role of the unit clerk in the health care team, medical terminology and vocabulary related to body systems, and professional communication in a hospital unit setting. You will learn classification, identification and correct spelling of commonly-used medications.
There is a focus on management techniques and communication in a hospital environment. This includes the transcription and understanding of physicians’ orders – the major and most critical function of the hospital unit clerk. You will study dietary information, diagnostic imaging, respiratory care, physical and occupational medicine and medications. You will attend lectures, participate in class discussion and complete assignments, quizzes and tests.
Finally, you will participate in a work practicum, where you will be given the opportunity to put theory into practice. You will have opportunities to integrate and apply skills and knowledge obtained through coursework, and practice your skills in a workplace setting.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of NIC's Hospital Unit Clerk certificate, you will be prepared for employment in a variety of health care settings including private and public hospitals, public health offices, long term care facilities, medical offices, specialist's offices, nursing services (scheduling), insurance companies and government offices with medical related departments.


The Hospital Unit Clerk certificate will be held over two semesters, from September to May. Classes are scheduled to take place at the Campbell River Campus on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $4,665
NISU Fees $145
Books $320
Learner Resource $160
Total $5,290

This program is tuition refund Category 1.