Unit Clerk Training

Would you like to develop an exciting career in managing information flow in a health care setting? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced, team environment? Our intensive Unit Clerk certificate program will provide you with the foundation you need to build a career in this important field.

Unit clerks perform a variety of tasks such as reception, clerical and administrative duties including transcription and processing of patient’s orders as well as managing patient records. At Lethbridge College, you will receive a practical introduction to topics ranging from medical terminology to anatomy and physiology to computers, hospital administration, transcribing orders and health care billing.

The Unit Clerk program is right for you if you:

  • have excellent computer literacy skills
  • have excellent attention to details
  • have excellent organizational and time management skills
  • are calm and efficient under pressure
  • can work independently and as a team member

Hands-on practice

This 20-week certificate program includes a three-week (120-hour) practicum that will provide you with the opportunity to develop your confidence and skills, while gaining the experience you need to begin a successful career. Placements occur mainly within a hospital setting but may also occur in continuing care facilities, rehabilitation institutions, medical clinics or physicians’ offices.

Unit Clerk Training: At-a-Glance
20 Weeks
Certificate in Unit Clerk Training

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules.

Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Unit Clerk Training - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$2,385$722$872
Year 2Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3310
Program Chair:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 5449
Office of the Dean:
• 403.320.3403
Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
•  403.320.3202 Ext. 5380

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