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Nursing Unit Assistant Certificate

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.

  • 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)

  • 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.


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

Graduation Requirements

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

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Sep)
  • Penticton (Sep)
  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Part-Time


2022-23: $5,614
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials


Delivery Style: Online hybrid, practicum face to face

When applying online, choose Continuing Studies as the faculty.

Okanagan College has a limited number of Nursing Unit Assistant practicum placements available for each regional hospital in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. Your practicum location is determined by the hospital located near the campus you apply to, i.e. Vernon – Vernon Jubilee Hospital; Kelowna – Kelowna General Hospital; Penticton – Penticton Regional Hospital.

For placements at Kamloops/Royal Inland Hospital or Salmon Arm/Shuswap Lake General Hospital, please apply to the Vernon Campus and inform us of your practicum preference at RIH or SLGH.

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