A career in health care is just a few months away in our Unit Clerk certificate program. Our intensive, 20-week Unit Clerk program is designed to give you a practical introduction to health care administration and a first-hand experience in 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 billing. At the end of your studies, you’ll complete a work-based practicum, supplementing the theory and knowledge gained in the classroom while acquiring vital hands-on experience. After just 20 weeks, you’ll have the skills and knowledge 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

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September

Credential / Accreditation

Certificate

Duration

20 weeks

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Admissions

New students 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, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

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

Practicums
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 will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. 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.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers 1.5
CSP-1150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology 3
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
HTH-1121 Health Administration 1.5
HTH-1125 Patients' Records/Transcribing Orders 3
HTH-1142 Medical Order Entry 3
  Credits 18
Term II
HTH-1143 Unit Clerk Practicum 3
  Credits 3
  Total Credits 21

Important Notes:

  1. HTH-1143 Unit Clerk Practicum (3 credits) is a 95 hour, full-time, face-to-face work-integrated learning course offered at various health care facilities within Lethbridge and surrounding rural areas. Staggered practicum start dates are necessary to ensure placement sites.
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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$2,987.00
$907.00
$875.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$9,287.00
$907.00
$875.00
Notes

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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Scholarships

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