If you are calm and efficient under pressure and have the administrative skills to keep an organization running smoothly, your career in health care could be a few months away in the Unit Clerk program.

 

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Overview

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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:

  • hospitals
  • doctors’ practices
  • medical clinics
  • private health care providers
  • long-term care facilities
  • respite facilities
  • hospice facilities
  • health care agencies
Starts In: January
Status: No Longer Accepting Applications for Winter (January) 2018
Next Intake: Winter (January) 2019
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Winter 2018: January 4, 2019
  • International for Winter 2018: October 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 20 weeks
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Year 1 Term I

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communic.
  • CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers
  • CSP-1150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology
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Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
HTH-1143
3.00

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Unit Clerk Training program for the Winter (January) term only.

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.

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

This program has a required practice-based experience (PBE) component coordinated by the Placement Office. 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 OHS 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 have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each health care student at the time of initial enrolment and to ensure all health care 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. PBEs 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.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

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 College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,385.00 $722.00 $872.00

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  • 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.

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