Health Unit Coordinator Certificate
Area of Study: Health Information Management
Degree/Certificate: Short Term Certificate
Contact the Financial Aid Office regarding certificate eligibility.
If you are not already an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the college. This is a self-paced short term certificate of completion and students are encouraged to meet with an academic counselor prior to beginning this program.
A student pursuing the Health Unit Coordinator Certificate must be eligible to enter into English 1010 (College Composition I) and must complete MA 1020 (Medical Terminology I). Consult with a Tri-C academic counselor to determine if these required placement levels have been met or if additional coursework is necessary.
Upon completion of all courses in the program sequence, a student should complete a Petition for Degree/Certificate form online.
A Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) is an essential member of a healthcare team with nonclinical responsibilities who manages all nonclinical tasks on hospital nursing units. Responsibilities of HUC include coordinating the activities of the nursing staff, doctors, hospital diagnostic departments, patients, and the visitors to the nursing unit.
Health Unit Coordinator skills include:
- Transcribing physician orders for patient treatment
- Preparing patient charts
- Maintaining statistical reports
It is one of the more key positions on the nursing unit. Health Unit Coordinators may also be employed in emergency departments, doctor's offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and long-term care facilities to assist the nursing staff with clerical duties related to patients health records and coordination of treatment.