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Health Unit Coordinator

Why Choose the Health Unit Coordinator Program?

Health unit coordinators are an integral and valuable part of the medical team, providing such services as transcribing physicians' orders, scheduling diagnostic studies and appointments for follow-up care, ordering and maintaining supplies, and maintaining clerical and patient records. Students participate in realistic training in the classroom and clinical settings, learning the competencies needed in communications, human relations, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and unit management. As the communicator for the hospital unit, it is essential that the health unit coordinator has the ability to read, write, understand and speak English, and to speak clearly to communicate instructions, directions, and telephone contacts. Our Health Unit Coordinator program prepares students to coordinate activities at the nursing unit desk. Health unit coordinators are sometimes referred to as HUC/monitor technicians, patient access technicians, patient assistance coordinators, administrative support partners, front desk receptionists, or scheduling coordinators.


Health unit coordinators function as the communicator for the hospital unit and have to be able to adapt quickly, follow directions, and work well with little or no supervision.
How Long It Takes:

Health Unit Coordinator Certificate: 2 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$39,600 per year

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Career Pathway


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Health Unit Coordinator Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Health Unit Coordinator Program, students will:

  • Demonstrate correct and appropriate communication in the medical industry. Operate the nursing unit communication system.
  • Maintain the patients’ charts, maintain the nursing unit supplies, and perform the tasks for patient admission, transfer, discharge, and preoperative and postoperative procedures.
  • Practice and demonstrate the technical proficiency skills to function as an entry-level member of a health care team.
  • Practice and demonstrate within the professional framework of the health unit coordinating.
  • Interact effectively with the nursing and medical staff, patients, visitors, and other hospital departments the functions, responsibilities, qualifications, and accountability, reflecting autonomy of practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transcribe physicians’ orders, schedule diagnostic studies and appointments for follow-up care, order and maintain supplies, and maintain clerical and patient records.

Meet Your Instructors

Roberta Marla Briggs

Marla is a full-time faculty member at Clover Park Technical College with six years of unit-secretary experience and expertise. Before coming to CPTC, she worked as a nursing assistant with the Department of Social & Health Services and COPES Home Care Provider with Catholic Community Services. She particularly enjoys working with the disabled and blind.

Bldg 21, Rm 210

Joylene Perez

Bldg 21, Rm 103

Health Unit Coordinator Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 21, Room 105, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




Health Unit Coordinator students working in the classroom


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