Health Unit Coordinator Certificate

Prepares students for positions as activity coordinators at nursing unit desks.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Estimated Cost: $3,942.72

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring quarters - Lakewood campus Day Program
Winter and Summer quarters - Lakewood campus Evening Program

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with an Instructor prior to admission in the program. Students must obtain a current CPR card for healthcare providers. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive, during HUC 102 course, a “No Record On File” report from the Washington State Patrol, related to Crimes Against Persons, and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. Immunizations could include, but not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/ Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella and yearly flu as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

Students learn the competencies needed in communications, human relations, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, health unit coordinator tasks, and unit management. As the communicator for the hospital unit, it is essential that the student has the ability to read, write, understand and speak English. Students also need the ability to speak clearly to communicate instructions, directions and telephone contact.

The student will participate in realistic training in the classroom and clinical settings in practicing the responsibilities of the health unit coordinator. Skills include transcribing physicians’ orders, scheduling diagnostic studies and appointments for follow-up care, ordering and maintaining supplies, and maintaining clerical and patient records.

Employability Requirement: Successful graduates are eligible to take the certification exam by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators. Complete seven hours of AIDS/HIV education. A Washington State Patrol background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Program Length: This program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates:
Day Program: Fall and spring quarters
Evening Program: Summer and winter quarters
Check with the Advising and Counseling Office for specific information.

Prerequisites: Students must attend mandatory orientation/advising meeting with instructor. Students are required to display basic computer skills. These include, but are not limited to, using email, typing 35 wpm, navigating the internet, word processing, and inputting data into a spreadsheet and database. Students must obtain a current CPR card for healthcare providers. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive, during HUC 102 course, a “No Record On File” report from a certified background check related to Crimes Against Persons. Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. Immunizations could include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Varicella, and yearly flu as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout the program and their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the counseling office.

No student will be allowed at clinical site without proof of insurance. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first week of class unless arrangements have been made with instructor. It is essential that Health Unit Coordinator students are able to perform a number of physical activities during the clinical portion of the program. This includes walking up and down stairs, lifting 20 pounds of office supplies, and carrying office supplies and the patient charts. Students must also have the ability to sit 75% of the time to perform the majority of duties. The clinical experience places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties that impact patients’ lives. Some hospitals may require a drug test before the student is permitted to practice in the hospital. Most clinical sites enforce a no smoking policy. Smoking at a clinical site may hinder completion of the program.

Must be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma by completion of program. Students must be at least 17½ years of age to begin the program.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
HUC 102 Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating 7
HUC 106 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Unit Coordinator 3
HUC 109 Unit Coordinator Task & Procedures I 8
HUC 112 Unit Coordinator Task & Procedures II 4
HUC 113 Communications Application in the Health Unit Coordinator Role 1
HUC 118 Advanced Communications Application in the Health Unit Coordinator Role 2
HUC 120 Unit Management I 3
HUC 122 Unit Management II 3
HUC 126 Legal/Ethical Aspects of Unit Coordinating 2
HUC 132 Clinical Experience 7
HUC 204 ECG Monitor Technician 3
  Total Credits for Completion 43

Highly Recommended Class

(Class could be taken while waiting to start the program)

CAS 105, Keyboarding (or Orientation to Computers and MS Office), 3 credits