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What does a Health Unit Coordinator do?

Today's Health Unit Coordinator wears many hats but is often considered the "go-to" person for nurses, doctors and other hospital staff. Daily duties include setting up charts, performing data entry, maintaining patient records, managing facility communications and monitoring compliance with facility policy and confidential regulations. You could ultimately work within hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

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According to Burning Glass jobs data, Health Unit Coordinator will see available jobs grow 22.5% over the next ten years
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MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

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HI 8000 Health Unit Coordinator

The role of a Health Unit Coordinator has expanded over the years as new technology has been introduced, legal and ethical standards have been tightened, and various supporting roles within the medical environment have evolved. Our thorough certification training program considers this evolution and includes all the training to ensure your success as a HUC.

In just 18 weeks, you’ll have completed four courses to introduce you to the health care facility environment and the various procedures performed by a certified Health Unit Coordinators. 

When working in a healthcare facility, it is imperative that you’re able to speak and understand the language of medicine and have a fundamental understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology. Health Unit Coordinators may also be asked to transcribe doctor's orders and update patient records. To address these job roles, you will complete a pre-requisite course covering these topics.

A HUC will also be called upon to work within a patient's electronic health record (EHR) to perform audits, process release requests and to perform the basic collection of patient demographic and insurance information. To address these tasks, you’ll complete an Electronic Health Records course.

Completion of the four courses you’ll be prepared for the Certified Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC) exam, sponsored by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC), and the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Certified graduates from our Health Unit Coordinator training program can explore job options as a Certified Health Unit Coordinator, Unit Secretary, Unit Clerk, Monitor Technician, Ward Clerk, Scheduling Coordinator, Patient Access Coordinator and more!

skills gained

  • Manage communications between doctors, nurses and patients for health unit or hospital floor
  • Protect confidentiality and patient rights
  • Manage physician orders and process admissions, discharges and transfers
  • Interpret hospital terminology and abbreviations
  • Identify and correct potential hazards
  • Adhere to customer/patient satisfaction service initiatives
  • Comply with regulatory agency guidelines/rules
  • Manage & operate the nursing unit communication systems (phone/internet/scanner/fax)
  • Transcribe doctors' orders (paper) or monitor patient orders (electronic) using knowledge of A&P, disease processes, medical terminology, and abbreviations
  • Coordinate scheduling of patients' tests and diagnostic procedures
  • Plan/execute/manage nonclinical functions of nursing units
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • eBook: Health Unit Coordinating
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
6 weeks

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 1018

Electronic Health Records

64 hours
4 weeks

This course provides students with the skills and certifications for the development and maintenance of electronic health records in both facility and private practice environments. Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to sit for the CEHRS, and will have gained the knowledge required to perform a variety office functions necessary in the digital/electronic age. Students are introduced to, and are provided training and practical application of skills in a variety of areas related to Electronic Health Records. Ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements will be covered along with training in the hands-on Electronic Health Record software. Students will also receive comprehensive training in the areas of Professional Fees, Billing, and Collecting, the Health Insurance Claim Form, Third-Party Reimbursement, Banking Services and Procedures, Health Information Management, Computers in the Medical Office, Medical Records Management, and much more.

  • Background in Software & Applications
  • Basic Insurance & Billing practices
  • Understand Electronic record keeping Chart components
  • The Regulatory Compliance Laws
  • How to identify differences between Reports
HI 1013

Health Unit Coordinating

96 hours
6 weeks

Health Unit Coordinating is a comprehensive course with insight into the role of the professional health unit coordinator as a member of the healthcare team. Video-based lessons include topics related to the coordination of the nursing unit and introduction to the nursing staff. Physician order processing will be a primary focus and include orders related to nutrition, medication, treatment, and laboratory and diagnostic testing. Management of the unit will address best practices, procedures for admissions, transfers and discharges, infection control and emergencies, as well as personal and professional skills required of the successful health unit coordinator.

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. Simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key skills performed in a medical facility. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment, and inspiration throughout training.

  • Gain an understanding of the Health Unit Coordinator's role in the healthcare setting
  • Appreciate the history of health unit coordination and current opportunities
  • Understand the importance of patient safety, confidentiality, and compliance
  • Obtain knowledge of order processing and unit workflow
  • Become familiar with the patient record including admission, transfer, and discharge
  • Obtain knowledge of best practices related to the coordination of the health unit, equipment, and technical procedures
PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
2 weeks

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014 6
HI 1018 4
HI 1013 6
PS 1011 2
Total Program Duration 18 Week

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