A career in health care is just a few months away in our Unit Clerk Training program. Our intensive certificate program is designed to give you a practical introduction to health care administration and a first-hand experience performing reception and administrative duties to keep health care facilities running efficiently. 

In the classroom, you’ll learn everything from medical terminology to health care records management. At the end of your studies, you’ll complete a work-integrated learning experience acquiring vital hands-on skills. After just 20 weeks, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to be essential to the flow of information in health care facilities. 

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Career Opportunities

Your certificate for Unit Clerk will prepare you for positions in a variety of medical environments, including:

  • Doctor Offices
  • Health Care Agencies
  • Hospice Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care Facilities                                                                  
  • Medical Clinics                                                                                   
  • Private Health Care Providers                                                           
  • Respite Facilities

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95 hours

spent in a work-integrated learning experience

20 weeks

is all it takes to complete the Unit Clerk program




Credential / Accreditation



20 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Unit Clerk program for the Fall (September) term.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements

It is strongly recommended that applicants possess the ability to type at a minimum of 30 words per minute.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Unit Clerk certificate.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL 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.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL 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 WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals. WIL’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.

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Delivery Formats

The Unit Clerk program is available through the following delivery methods.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
COM-1162Interpersonal Relationships and Communications3
CPU-1151Introduction to Computers1.5
CSP-1150Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology3
ENG-1159Writing for the Workplace3
HTH-1121Health Administration1.5
HTH-1125Patients' Records/Transcribing Orders3
HTH-1142Medical Order Entry3
Term II
HTH-1143Unit Clerk Practicum3
 Total Credits21

Important Notes:

  1. HTH-1143 Unit Clerk Practicum (3 credits) is a 96 hour, full-time, face-to-face work-integrated learning course offered at various health care facilities and offices within Lethbridge and surrounding rural areas. Staggered practicum start dates are necessary to ensure placement sites.
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Tuition and Fees

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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.

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.

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