Nursing Unit Assistant Certificate

Campus Vernon (Sep), Penticton (Sep), Kelowna (Sep)
Delivery Part-Time
Credential Certificate

September - June 2: two evenings per week and most Saturdays

Online for Fall 2020. Plan to offer in class January 2021.

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Program Highlights

This program provides participants with the appropriate course work and practicum experience to function as a nursing unit assistant. Responsible for a variety of clerical duties, students will learn theory and application of relevant medical terminology to serve as this key member the healthcare team.

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Tuition and Fees

2020-21: $5,504.37

Program Details

The Nursing Unit Assistant is a key member of the healthcare team, has frequent contact with nursing and medical staff, and performs a wide range of clerical duties related to the operation of a patient/resident care facility.

This 439-hour Nursing Unit Assistant Certificate program focuses on the theory and application skills of the various roles and responsibilities of a Nursing Unit Assistant through classroom demonstrations and a 125-hour supervised practicum at accredited facilities. Topics include: medical terminology and abbreviations, coordinating patient/resident appointments, transcribing and processing physicians' orders, communicating with other healthcare departments and hospitals, assembling/maintaining patient/resident charts, performing keyboarding and data-entry responsibilities, arranging patient/resident tests and receiving results, telephone answering, and receiving and directing visitors.


Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

  • A minimum grade of 60% in Okanagan College's Continuing Studies' Computer Fundamentals or the Okanagan College's Continuing Studies' Computer Fundamentals challenge test
  • Applicants must provide evidence of a negative tuberculin test, taken no more than six months before the date of application (or evidence of an appropriate follow-up if the test was positi

  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application.


Program Outline

MOA 01 Medical Terminology
NUA 100 Communication Skills for Nursing Unit Assistants
NUA 110 Patient Chart Records
NUA 120 Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges
NUA 130 Pharmacology
NUA 140 Processing Medication Orders
NUA 150 Processing Laboratory Orders
NUA 160 Processing Diagnostic Orders
NUA 170 Processing Interventional Orders
NUA 180 Practicum

Students must pass the practicum and attain a minimum grade of 70% in each of the other courses in the program.



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