HEAUF-CT Health Unit Clerk

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  • Four-month certificate program
  • Delivered at three campuses:
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Portage Campus, Portage (entry dates vary)
  • Interlake Campus, Selkirk (entry dates vary)
  • Clinical practicum (240 hours)
  • Due to high demand, this funded 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. 
Note: Due to the high demand, the February 2020 intake at the Notre Dame Campus (Winnipeg) is full. At this time, applicants will be placed on a waitlist.


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

Immunizations and Testing

You can also complete this program through part-time studies. To learn how, see Health Unit Clerk

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

1. Grade 12
  • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in in Grade 12.
  • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
  • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
  • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so. See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information. . 

2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
  • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction. To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
    • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
    • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option. If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
    • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
  • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
  • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
    • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program: Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 7 
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic): Listening 6.5, Speaking 7.0, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0
    • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.5,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 3.5
    • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
    • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
    • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an email requesting submission of your transcripts.

3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
  • Submit a completed Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
  • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.

For clinical practicum requirements, see CO-OP/Practicum Information.

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 )
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Communication for Health Professionals (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)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 04, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
1Includes Health and Dental Fees

Portage Campus

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Portage La Prairie Campus Feb 03, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
2Includes Health and Dental Fees

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline


  • HUC Medical Terminology
  • Computers - Intro
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Safety in Health Care Settings
  • HUC - Order Transcription
  • HUC - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Orders
  • Admission-Transfer-Discharge
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention ®Training Program
  • HUC - Clinical Practicum (See CO-OP/Practicum Information for requirements).


Courses and Descriptions

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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 www.rrc.ca/rpl 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&Therap Orders
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Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to accurately process diagnostic and therapeutic orders.

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.

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.

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

1. Immunization 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 further information, see: Police Information Check.

3. Proof of attendance at a Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) information session

4. A copy of your RRC photo identification

5. 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.

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

7. Proof of N95 mask fitting. Fittings will be arranged by the College. You will be responsible for any associated fees

If you have any questions or concerns about practicum/entrance requirements please contact the Clinical Instructor at 204-632-2112.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you should have the skills to:

  • Apply theory based knowledge to the role of the Health Unit Clerk.
  • Recognize, understand and respect the 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 life-long 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 www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

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 rrc.ca/academics/convocation/

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

Contact Information

For detailed program information or to submit your criminal record and abuse registry check documents (admitted students), contact the appropriate department/campus listed below:

School of Continuing Education - Winnipeg
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or toll-free 1-866-242-7073
Fax: 204-633-6489
E-mail: cde@rrc.ca 
Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents to:
Debbie Leslie
FM71 – 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9

Portage Campus
32–5th St. S.E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1J2
Phone: 204-856-1914
Fax: 204-856-1915
E-mail: portage@rrc.ca

Interlake Campus
Box 304
825 Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, MB  R1A 1T0
Toll-free: 1-866-946-3241
Phone: 204-785-5328
Fax: 204-482-7082
E-mail: interlake@rrc.ca




How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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