Health Unit Clerks or Ward Clerks coordinate the unit's communication, maintenance, and activities in order to meet the needs of the medical staff, patients, and their families. Career opportunities for Health Unit Clerks exist in long-term care facilities, medical offices, and hospitals.
Program Learning Outcomes
As part of the Health Unit Clerk diploma program, you will learn to:
- Learn how to navigate around the Health Care Delivery System
- Learn how to arrange client admissions and discharges
- Be able to arrange for client tests and receive results
- Prioritize requests and manage health unit operations
- Learn to transcribe and process doctor’s orders
Graduates of the Health Unit Clerk program are qualified to work long-term care facilities, medical offices and hospitals across Alberta.
- Health Unit Clerk
- Unit Clerk
- Ward Clerk
- Record Maintenance Clerk
Topics of Study
Employment and Career Management - 25 hours
Prepares students to conduct a thorough employment search strategy that incorporates personal marketing, assessment of skill inventories and an understanding of the job market in the relevant industry/sector. Throughout this course, students create a resume, practice interview techniques, learn networking skills and how to successfully search for career-related employment.
Medical Terminology, Basic Human Structure, Diseases & Disorders - 125 hours
Introduces students to medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students learn the basic fundamentals of medical terminology including word components, definitions, spelling and pronunciation, as well as basic anatomy and physiology.
Health Unit Coordinator Procedures - 25 hours
Provides the knowledge needed to accurately manage the admissions, transfer and discharge procedures for patients, including post-mortem procedures, recording vital signs, ordering supplies, filing, infection control and emergencies.
Orientation to Hospitals, Medical Centres & Health Care - 25 hours
Introduces students to the Health Care Delivery System – departments and services, members of the health care team, facility communication systems and client care management.
Patient’s Electronic or Paper Chart - 125 hours
Provides the knowledge needed to understand medications and classifications to allow students to proficiently transcribe doctor’s orders, nursing treatment orders, dietary orders, medication orders, laboratory orders, diagnostic imaging orders and other miscellaneous orders. Students learn to record telephoned laboratory results. Special focus is placed on the patient chart and the assembly and maintenance of the forms.
Personal and Professional Skills - 25 hours
Examines the process of communication and interpersonal behavior and communication skills.
Keyboarding - 25 Hours
Improves touch typing skills on a keyboard with a focus on improving speed and accuracy. This course increases job efficiency and understanding of work station ergonomics.
Health Unit Clerk Practicum
Gain real work experience with a 6-week practicum giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gained in class in a real work setting.
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