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.
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.