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  • Certificate program
  • 240-hour (six-week) clinical practicum
  • Available by classroom delivery; some courses available by distance delivery
  • Effective March 1, 2023, due to limited demand, the part-time Health Unit Clerk program is currently not offering courses. Please refer to for information about the full-time program. For those students currently in the program, please reach out to the Continuing Education Health Sciences Program Facilitator as we will continue to work with you to complete your program. 
  • Full-time available through the following campuses:


Take this program to acquire the knowledge and skills required to function as part of a health care team.

Learn the roles and responsibilities of a Health Unit Clerk (HUC), including:

  •      Maintaining patient and unit records
  •      Processing physician orders 
  •      Processing diagnostic and laboratory orders 
  •      Managing unit supplies

You must complete the program within 32 months from your first course of study to the end of clinical.

You must complete a Personal Health Information Act session prior to registering for the HUC-Clinical Practice.

Note: Clinical practicum placements cannot be guaranteed as spaces are limited and available on a fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period for practicum registrations and placements.

Immunizations and Testing

Admission Requirements

Due to high demand, this program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12.


Meet English Language Proficiency Requirements
English is the language of instruction at the College. Applicants to the College are responsible for a level of English proficiency that is sufficient to participate in all aspects of College study, including lectures, reading, writing and discussion.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

a. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Listening 8; Speaking 8; Reading 8; Writing 7
b. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Listening 6.5; Speaking 7.0; Reading 6.5; Writing 6.0
c. Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST) Listening 4.5; Speaking 4.5; Reading 4.5 Writing 3.5 .

To make an appointment to complete the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment, contact Red River College's Language Training Centre at 204-945-6151.

You will need to be proficient in basic computer skills to participate in this program. You will be required to use the following:

  • the Internet to locate reference material
  • word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to complete assignments
  • email to communicate with instructors and other students

Applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of a basic computer skills course at the post-secondary level, or complete a challenge exam of Introduction to Computers course available through the School of Continuing, or demonstrate proficiency through a prior learning assessment.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Communication for Health Professions (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Program Outline

You must complete the program within 32 months.

Evidence of successful completion of a basic computer skills course at the post-secondary level is required for this program. The following course meets this requirement:
  • Computers - Intro - C/D
First course of study:
  • HUC - Medical Terminology (Minimum grade of 75% required to continue in the program) - C/D
Minimum grade of 70% required in each of the following:
  • Health Care Delivery - D
  • *Safety in Health Care Settings - D (*can be taken in conjunction with Health Care Delivery)
  • Interpersonal Relationships - D
  • HUC - Order Transcription - C  (Spring term only)
  • HUC - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Orders - C  (Fall term only)
  • Admission-Transfer-Discharge - C  (Winter term only)
The following courses must be taken within one year of attending Clinical:
  • Non-Violent Crises Intervention ®Training Program - C
  • BLS Provider (formerly BLS for Healthcare Providers) - C
Last courses of study:
  • Safety Skills 1-Day Lab (must be taken prior to attending clinical practice)
  • **HUC - Clinical Practice (240 hours)

**You must be available for a six-week period (240 hours) for day, evening and weekend shifts. See CO-OP/Practicum Information for requirements.


  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • C - Classroom Delivery
  • D - Distance Delivery

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
COMP-1081Computers - IntroRPL
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Increase your knowledge of computer fundamentals using a current Windows operating system. Content includes an introduction to the Internet and common Microsoft Applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

If you are taking courses by distance delivery, you must have access to a computer with the appropriate Microsoft Office software and Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.

HEAL-1001Interpersonal Relationships
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Examine the process of communication and develop interpersonal communication skills. Learn how concepts such as basic human needs, the helping relationship, mental health and stress impact interpersonal relationships.  Explore theory and practice related to written communication, job search skills and the use of medical terminology.

HEAL-1013HUC - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Orders
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Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to accurately process diagnostic and therapeutic orders.

HEAL-1019Safety Skills - 1 Day Lab
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Students will develop and demonstrate skills in a practice setting.
Note: This course is for students who are in the Health Unit Clerk and Sterile Processing Technician program and have taken the Safety in Health Care Settings course through distance delivery. 

HEAL-1022HUC - Order Transcription
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Gain knowledge of both generic and trade names of common medications. Students will be required to accurately process medication orders using a variety of administration routes.

HEAL-1031HUC - Medical Terminology
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Discover the technical language of medical science. Includes the fundamentals of medical language including word components, definitions, spelling and pronunciation using a systems approach. Basic anatomy and physiology are included to assist in understanding the structure and function of organs and systems in the human body.

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Acquire the knowledge and skills to manage the procedures for the admission, transfer and discharge of patients. Included in the course are preoperative and postoperative orders.

HEAL-1831Safety in Health Care Settings
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Discuss principles of medical asepsis, infection control and the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases. Accident and fire prevention, and the role of the health care aid/health unit clerk in an emergency are stressed.

HEAL-1845Health Care Delivery
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Cultivate an understanding of the Manitoba health care system. Topics include the roles of individual members of the health care team, multiculturalism, ethical and legal considerations, problem-solving and the organization of workload, and the role of the health care aide in admitting, transferring and discharging patients.

HEAL-1845 Health Care Delivery can be taken in conjunction with HEAL-1001, HCAP-1006, HCAP-1132, HEAL-1831 and SEMR-9078
PRAC-1132HUC - Clinical Practice
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Providing students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills in the practice environment.

SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
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The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (R) Program is a safe, non-harmful behaviour management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people, even during the most violent moments. It has been developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, a training organization devoted to training staff in the safe management of potentially violent individuals.

WRKS-1330BLS Provider
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The BLS Provider Course is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to recognize several life-threatening emergencies and to provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner as per the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This course includes adult, child and infant rescue skills in both out of hospital and in-hospital settings.

Click the "More Info" link beside the course's name to view the description of the course.

Course Dates and Fees

2024 Fall Term
WRKS-1330 BLS Providermore info
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
DatesClass DaysTimeDeliveryInstructorSectionCostActions
Sep 04, 24 - Sep 04, 24W9:00AM - 5:00PMC. Lupkowski259095$100
Sep 05, 24 - Sep 05, 24Th9:00AM - 5:00PMC. Lupkowski259096$100
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
Sep 04, 24 - Sep 04, 24
Class days
9:00AM - 5:00PM
C. Lupkowski
Sep 05, 24 - Sep 05, 24
Class days
9:00AM - 5:00PM
C. Lupkowski
HEAL-1845 Health Care Deliverymore info
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
DatesClass DaysTimeDeliveryInstructorSectionCostActions
Aug 26, 24 - Sep 03, 24M Tu W Th F9:00AM - 3:00PML. MacAulay259123$329
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
Aug 26, 24 - Sep 03, 24
Class days
M Tu W Th F
9:00AM - 3:00PM
L. MacAulay
HEAL-1001 Interpersonal Relationshipsmore info
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
DatesClass DaysTimeDeliveryInstructorSectionCostActions
Sep 26, 24 - Oct 07, 24M Tu W Th F9:00AM - 3:00PML. MacAulay259124$429
Location: Portage La Prairie Campus
Sep 26, 24 - Oct 07, 24
Class days
M Tu W Th F
9:00AM - 3:00PM
L. MacAulay

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The HUC-Clinical Practice provides you with the opportunity to apply, in the practice setting, the knowledge and skills learned in the theory courses. You are eligible for clinical practice after successfully completing all theory courses.

The HUC-Clinical Practice is a minimum of six weeks (full-time) in length. Clinical practice is arranged by the College. Unit assignments and individual shift schedules will be arranged according to the guidelines agreed upon by RRC and the health care facility. For your practicum placement, you must be available for various shifts, days/evenings/weekends. All practicums are arranged by the College and will take place in Winnipeg.

If you have taken the Safety in Health Care Settings course by Distance Delivery, you must take the one day HEAL-1019 Safety Skills Lab prior to attending the clinical practicum.

Registration deadline for the clinical practicum: three weeks prior to the start date of the practicum.

You must submit the following documents a minimum of four weeks prior to the start of the practicum:

1. Immunizations and Testing

2. Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS), Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) checks conducted no more than six months prior to you attending the clinical practice. You must submit original documents. For more information, see Police Information Check 

3. A copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider (formerly BLS for Health Care Providers) - Level C (must be current within one year prior to you attending the practicum). The course must comply with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada guidelines.
4. Proof of attendance at a PHIA information session

5. Copy of your RRC Photo Identification

6. Copy of completions in the Non-violent Crisis Intervention ® Training Program (program must be current within one year prior to attending practicum)

7. Proof of N95 mask fitting. You are responsible to arrange your mask fitting. You will be responsible for any associated fees.

If you have any questions or concerns about practicum/entrance requirements or document submission please contact the Program Facilitator @

Note: Placements cannot be guaranteed as spaces are limited and available on a fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period for practicum registrations and placements.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program you should be able to:

  • Apply the theoretical knowledge base underlying the roles and responsibilities of the Health Unit Clerk
  • Recognize, understand and respect individuality, rights and concerns of clients
  • Communicate effectively with clients and with health care team members
  • Participate as a member of the health care team
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Organize and prioritize your workload
  • Perform skills and tasks safely and effectively
  • Follow institutional policies
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and continued professional growth

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduation Requirements

You must complete this part-time program within 32 months of the start of the first course in the program.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

You must obtain a minimum grade of 70% in each course (exception is HUC-Medical Terminology where a grade of 75% is required) to be successful in this program. 

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details and forms, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

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