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.
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 Computer Fundamentals or equivalent as approved by the department head.
Successful completion of a Standard First Aid and CPR Level C course no more than 12 months before admission. Document proof required.
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 positive.)
Keyboarding speed of 50 net wpm.
Students must complete the ten core courses with a minimum passing grade of 60% on each course and receive a pass on NUC 21 (Practicum).
MOA 01-72 hoursMedical TerminologyThis course introduces learners to medical terminology focusing on accurate spelling and pronunciation of terms. Learners will build knowledge of basic medical vocabulary with an emphasis on prefixes, suffixes, roots and combining vowels. Learners practice using anatomical, physiological, and pathological terminology as it relates to body systems.
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NUA 100-21 hoursCommunication Skills for Nursing Unit AssistantsThis course provides learners with the communication skills and techniques required to communicate effectively with healthcare staff, patients, and visitors in a range or routine and emergency situations.
NUA 110-15 hoursPatient Chart RecordsThis course provides learners with the skills and knowledge required for assembling and maintaining patient charts. Learners will practice charting rules and procedures, and ethics in regard to confidential patient information.
NUA 120-21 hoursAdmissions, Transfers, and DischargesThis course introduces the learner to the Nursing Unit Assistant's role in patient admissions, transfers, and discharge procedures within the healthcare environment. Learners will process admissions, transfers, and discharges, and will learn to differentiate between elective or emergency admissions. The basic dietary process will be introduced.
NUA 130-30 hoursPharmacologyThis course provides learners with the pharmaceutical knowledge required by the Nursing Unit Assistant to carry out relevant duties, including developing a pharmacology vocabulary, listing various types of drugs and their categories, and describing ways of administering drugs.
NUA 140-30 hoursProcessing Medication OrdersThis course prepares learners to process physicians' treatment orders. Learners will practice transcribing and processing medication orders and will identify the forms that must be prepared for use by professional staff.
NUA 150-50 hoursProcessing Laboratory OrdersThis course provides the learner with the principles and procedures for processing physicians' orders related to common laboratory requisitions for lab tests. Learners will practice using specific communication systems to ensure that complete information regarding patient's tests are shared with relevant individuals and/or departments.
NUA 160-30 hoursProcessing Diagnostic OrdersThis course provides information on processing common diagnostic orders and how to work with various departments such as Diagnostic Imaging and Patient Transport. Learners will develop skills for assisting in patient preparation and communicating diagnostic orders appropriate individuals and departments.
NUA 170-45 hoursProcessing Interventional OrdersThis course provides knowledge about types of nutritional support, new admissions, including pre- and post-surgical admissions, and skills to complete discharge orders. The learner will practice processing various types of interventional orders.
NUA 180-125 hoursPracticumThis supervised experience provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate the theory into practice at one of several accredited practicum sites. During this hands-on experience, the learner will gain further insights, awareness and knowledge of the workplace.
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