Nursing Unit Assistant - Certificate

**Please Note***

This program is suspended for 2018 for update and review. Changes expected are: Admission requirements, increase in program hours and length of program. Please check back in 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Community & Continuing Education Department at 250-561-5846 to have your name added to our interest list.

**Please Note** The information below is from the past program outline and subject to change.

This 405-hour Nursing Unit Assistant program includes 255 hours of classroom instruction and up to 150 hours of practical experience. Upon successful completion participants will have the knowledge and skills to perform the duties required of a nursing unit assistant in a hospital, clinic, or community care facility. Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with patients, visitors and other members of the healthcare agency
  • understand and be able to work within the stated policies and procedures of the healthcare agency
  • function effectively in a fast-paced often hectic environment
  • understand the healthcare agency, the various departments, their functions and how they interact with each other
  • process physician's orders and requests
  • identify, pronounce, and spell names of commonly used drugs or procedures performed in the healthcare agency
  • perform clerical skills relating to the healthcare agency unit and patient chart records
  • be familiar with commonly used abbreviations and symbols 
  • perform standard receptionist duties

Entrance requirements

  1. English 11 or ENGL 045 (or equivalent)
  2. CNC's Medical Terminology (MEDT 100 - formerly CEOA 154) taken within the past five years, or an acceptable equivalent.
  3. Typing speed of 35 net WPM or higher. Typing test must be supervised. It is free of charge if taken at CNC's Centre for Student Success after you have submitted your application. (You must book in advance: 250 561-5837 or or book in person.)







This program qualifies for payment plans. Upon acceptance, any student wishing to apply for a payment plan must make an appointment with a Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator by calling 250-561-5846.

Application process and timeline

Applications are $40 and should be accompanied by supporting documents indicating you have met the entrance requirements. Application forms and instructions are available here.

Students will be accepted on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. On any given day where we have more students qualify than remaining available seats, a computerized random selection process will take place for those remaining seats. In other words - if there is a tie, it will be broken randomly by a computer.


Accepted students will require: Tetanus/Diphtheria, Polio, Meningococcal, Measles Mumps Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella immunizations as well as Tuberculosis (TB) testing. A flu shot is also recommended. Immunization is available at the Northern Interior Health Unit located at 1444 Edmonton Street.  Also, some family physicians provide immunization to their patients; you may wish to check with yours.

Criminal record search

A criminal record check will be required to enter the practicum stage of this course. The course instructor will provide directions closer to the practicum dates. Please note there will be an additional charge (approx. $48) for the criminal record search. 

Please be aware that researching the Labour Market prospects for this type of employment is the sole responsibility of the student and that successfully achieving certification as a Nursing Unit Assistant, does not guarantee you a position within the healthcare field. Northern Health will still require you to apply and be accepted as an appropriate fit into their work environment. If you have additional questions around employment prospects, please contact Northern Health directly.


Apply to this program by completing an online application form or by downloading and submitting the application form to the Admissions office. This program has a $40 non-refundable application fee.


For more information on applying


Office of the Registrar hours

Mon - Thurs, 9am-4pm
Fri, 9:30am-4pm

Program info


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Fees are approximate and may not include textbooks or materials.This program qualifies for payment plans.