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Unit clerks are essential to the flow of information in health care facilities, performing reception and administrative duties to keep them running efficiently. And after just 20 weeks in our Unit Clerk certificate program, you could be working as one.

Our intensive, 20-week program is designed to give you a practical introduction to health care administration and a first-hand experience of the job itself. In the classroom, you’ll learn everything from medical terminology to health care billing. At the end of your studies, you’ll complete a 120-hour work-based practicum, supplementing the theory and knowledge gained in the classroom while acquiring vital hands-on experience.

A career in health care is just a few months away. Apply to the Unit Clerk program today!

Career opportunities

With a certificate in Unit Clerk Training, you’ll be ready for entry-level 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
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 20 weeks
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format

Online courses are instructor led. Communications, teaching and assessment components are delivered solely online, and do not have any on-campus elements. They are taught through a learning management system and may be either synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) or asynchronous (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Students complete all their work online and are not required to come to campus.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

Returning Students
As a continuing student in the Unit Clerk program you will participate in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on-site at various locations which will include Lethbridge or surrounding rural communities. WIL schedules are pre-specified and may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites.


Year 1 Term I
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Year 1 Term II
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HTH-1143 Unit Clerk Practicum (3 credits) is a 120 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.


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

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions 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.

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 3 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 PBE setting.  As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with PBE 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 PBE placement and opportunities for success in the PBE 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.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


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

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,588.00 $729.00 $870.00

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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.
  • Tuition for international students is $8,438. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

More than an education

We'll get you out of the classroom and into the work environment during a practice-based experience.

Our Unit Clerk program is about more than just delivering an education. We want to equip you with the experience you need to really excel in your career. Our focus on hands-on, computer-based training will ensure you’re familiar with the tools and software you’ll use on the job. We’ll even get you out of the classroom and into the work environment during a practice-based experience, where you’ll learn on the job in a real-world setting.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Leah McFadden

“Knowing that I would actually be out working as a unit clerk after only four months motivated me to study hard and ask questions. I am thankful we had teachers who were supportive and experienced to help us along the way. I feel ready and excited to take on a career as a unit clerk thanks to Lethbridge College.”

Avery Myers

Avery is working in administration at the Community Health office in Lethbridge. She adds that she has moved to 3.5 acreage near Vauxhall, Alta., and is recently widowed and “just trying to figure out a ‘new’ me!”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons