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Hospital Unit Clerk

Qualities for Success

Is the program right for you?

Graduates are prepared for the challenging and rewarding career of looking after the administrative and clerical requirements of a hospital unit.

Personal qualities for success as a Unit Clerk

It is strongly recommended that students possess the following skills and attributes prior to enrolling in this program:

  • A sincere concern for the welfare of others.
  • Ability and willingness to do shift work.
  • Highly organized and able to complete detailed tasks with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong prioritizing skills & the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to take initiative, accept responsibility and adaptable to change.
  • Ability to coordinate and anticipate tasks and work in a self-directed manner.
  • Mature, independent, with strong diplomacy skills.
  • Patience and composure under stress.
  • Ability to work under close direction as part of a team.
  • Enjoy and thrive working in a busy, interactive environment.
  • Competent and comfortable using a computer including Word, Excel, email, Internet.
  • Previous office experience is not required but is a definite asset.

Program Goals

To prepare students for employment in a hospital as a Unit Clerk. Program graduates will have been taught the skills to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, visitors, and other members of the health care team.
  • Function effectively in a fast-paced environment, often in urgent situations.
  • Prioritize, process, coordinate, and transcribe physician’s orders and perform necessary follow-up actions.
  • Identify, pronounce and correctly spell the names of commonly used hospital drugs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization, structure, and function of the various departments of a hospital.
  • Perform clerical and standard receptionist duties relating to the hospital unit and overall care of patients.

Employer Health Requirements

  • Students are required to undergo a Criminal Record Check upon acceptance in to the program in order to be eligible for practicum placement.
  • Students are required to submit proof of a negative TB skin test within 6 months of going out on practicum. In the event of a positive TB skin test, a negative TB chest X-ray report is required.
  • Strongly recommended that students update their immunization for German measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and Hepatitis B prior to the practicum.
  • Free from latex sensitivity or allergy.

Photo: Bill Bryant, Emma Herrling, Todd Bryant

Marion Bryant Memorial Hospital Unit Clerk Award

Congratulation to Emma Herrling, recipient of the Marion Bryant Memorial Hospital Unit Clerk Award.

Emma is a 2017 graduate who is currently working at Victoria General Hospital.

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Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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