This program is suitable for those who wish to gain an entry level position in a fast-paced medical environment including hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health related institutional settings.
The Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate is a fast-paced program that is offered in-class on a part-time basis. Student should be comfortable using a computer and open to learning software programs.
In order to complete the Certificate, students must:
If you are a graduate of Medicine Hat College's Administrative Office Professional (AOP) certificate, you can receive advanced standing in the Hospital Unit Clerk certificate program. With your AOP certificate, and successful completion of Medical Terminology, Exploring the Role of the Hospital Clerk, and Standard First Aid with Level C CPR, you will receive a Hospital Unit Clerk certificate. PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) will be provided for the computer skills training and keyboarding requirements, as well as the "Productivity and Workplace Communication" course requirements.
Unit Clerks play a vital role by managing the coordination of activity and information so the needs of medical staff, patients and families are met in an effective manner. Our program prepares you for this position with classroom instruction as well as a preceptored work experience.
Unit clerks demonstrate the following characteristics:
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Unit Clerk occupational group earned a starting wage from $19.00 – $35.00 an hour. The average wage was $27.64 an hour. (www.alis.alberta.ca/wageinfo)
By studying rules, word roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms, students will be able to build, use and spell medical words related to body systems and organization. Students will:
Successful completion of Medical Terminology is a prerequisite to entering the Medical Office Assistant and Hospital Unit Clerk certificate programs. In order to successfully complete the course, students must earn a grade of 75% or better and have a minimum of 85% attendance and active participation in class.
Exploring the Role of the Hospital Unit Clerk
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology
This program provides a practical introduction to topics ranging from hospital administration and the role of a Unit Clerk, review of medical terminology and common abbreviations, processing medical orders, recording information on requisition forms, consent forms, chart forms and computerized systems, processing medication and dietary orders, communication, time and stress management skills.
Practicum Experience Requirements
To experience the role and duties of a Unit Clerk, students will be
required to participate in a preceptored work experience at the Medicine
Hat Regional Hospital. Placements may be on weekday, weekend and
evening shifts and be a minimum of 120 scheduled hours. Successful
completion of the practicum component is required to earn the
Productivity and Workplace Communication
This specially designed 2 day series is focused on increasing your productivity and enhancing your skills in the workplace, dealing with challenging people, and conflict resolution. You will learn:
Introduction to Microsoft Office Applications for the PC
You can learn more about computers, even if you aren’t sure of your next step. We will cover the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint so that each student can decide which program will work for them. You will recognize the purpose of the applications, the look of each program, and create basic documents.
Standard First Aid with Level C CPR
To ensure that course materials are available on the first night of class, please register no later than 3 business days prior to course commencement.
Courses can be paid on a course by course basis. Prices are subject to change. Fees are as follows:
To earn the Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate, students must achieve a grade of 75% on each of the required courses. The class will require a minimum of 85% attendance, class participation and presentation that will be graded. Students must successfully complete the preceptored work experience in order to graduate.
Upon success completion of the required courses, students must apply for the certificate by contacting the Continuing Studies Office at 403.529.3874.
The Hospital Unit Clerk student is prepared to work in a hospital setting. The program includes skills in processing medical orders, operating hospital information system software, and general skills for a hospital nursing unit. Some health regions will specify that a Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate is a job requirement. However, Hospital Unit Clerk graduates have transferable skills that enable them to find employment in other health settings.
The Medical Office Assistant student is prepared to work in a medical or private office or clinic. The program includes training in specific clinical skills for the medical office or clinic, basic financial skills, medical billing, and the use of health care software for medical offices or clinics.
There are several courses that are identical in the two programs. If a student completes one of the programs, and wishes to gain a Certificate in the other, the student can apply for transfer credit for these identical courses.
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