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Health Unit Coordinator Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 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.

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. This program prepares students for positions as activity coordinators at nursing unit desks. The student will participate in realistic training in the classroom and clinical settings, practicing the responsibilities of the health unit coordinator. 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 and the ability to speak clearly to communicate instructions, directions and telephone contact. 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.

 

Physical Activity Requirements: 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 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.

Employability Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent, seven-hour HIV/Blood Borne Pathogens training, pass a criminal background check, current immunizations. Some employers also require drug screens and enforce a no-smoking or nicotine-free environment. Employees must pass a typing test with the ability to type 35 words per minute. Physical requirements can vary by employer. Successful graduates are eligible to take the certification exam by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Prerequisites: Students must attend mandatory orientation/advising meeting with instructor. Students are required to display basic computer skills that 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 health care providers. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive, during the HUC 102 course, a “No Record On File” report from a certified background check related to Crimes Against Persons. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. 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 advising and counseling office.

No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first week of class unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

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.

Highly recommended class: CAS 105, Keyboarding.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HUC 102Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating7
HUC 106Anatomy & Physiology for Health Unit Coordinator3
HUC 109Unit Coordinator Tasks & Procedures I8
HUC 112Unit Coordinator Tasks & Procedures II4
HUC 113Introduction to Communication in the Health Unit Coordinator Role1
HUC 118Advanced Communications Application in the Health Unit Coordinator Role2
HUC 120Unit Management I3
HUC 122Unit Management II3
HUC 126Legal/Ethical Aspects of Unit Coordinating2
HUC 132Clinical Experience7
HUC 204Electrocardiogram Monitor Technician3
 Technical Credits43

Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating

Item #
HUC 102
Total Credits
7

This course will focus on orientation and introduction to campus policies and rules of conduct. This course will also introduce the student to program policies, dress code, attendance, classroom and workplace rules of conduct, program goals, and grading system. This course also focuses on the use of various communication devices and introduces the EMR/HER and related Windows programs used in the hospital.

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Anatomy & Physiology for Health Unit Coordinator

Item #
HUC 106
Total Credits
3

Introduces basic word elements used in building medical terminology and identifies the different types of word elements present in each medical term by name. Introduces medical terms, body structure and pathology in relation to each body system: integumentary, musculoskeletal, sensory, circulatory, nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. 

Prerequisites
HUC 102.
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Unit Coordinator Tasks & Procedures I

Item #
HUC 109
Total Credits
8

Enables identification of the forms commonly used in the patient’s chart. Students will learn to explain the purpose of a patient’s chart and recognize the charting responsibilities for each health care team member. Presents instruction and procedures for scheduling appointments by telephone, computer and writing. Also focuses on students’ performance in the computer-skill laboratory, demonstrating their cognitive knowledge for maintaining medical records; ordering laboratory and diagnostic exams; accurately transcribing physicians’ orders; recognizing treatment orders; ordering nursing supplies; identifying abbreviations, symbols, and terms used in a medication order; and charting information accurately to the appropriate forms and the Kardex for their pseudo patients. 

Prerequisites
HUC 102; enrollment in HUC 106.
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Unit Coordinator Tasks & Procedures II

Item #
HUC 112
Total Credits
4

Focuses on cognitive knowledge and performance skills in the computer laboratory. The student will demonstrate performance skills for maintaining medical records, accurately transcribing physicians’ orders to the appropriate chart forms and Kardex, as well as completion of pseudo patient charts. 

Prerequisites
HUC 102, HUC 106, HUC 109, HUC 113, and HUC 120.
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Introduction to Communication in the Health Unit Coordinator Role

Item #
HUC 113
Total Credits
1

Students will learn to describe and use good listening skills as a means of preventing and/or solving conflicts with a variety of people in different situations. This course also focuses on developing skills for the role of the communicator for the nursing unit. The student will also be given the tools for developing and practicing assertive communication, interpersonal relationships and confidentiality skills. 

Prerequisites
HUC 102.
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Advanced Communications Application in the Health Unit Coordinator Role

Item #
HUC 118
Total Credits
2

Improves communication among diverse cultures and incorporates the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups in the medical field. Provide students with an overview and understanding of the fundamentals of communication.

Prerequisites
Completion of HUC 102, HUC 106, HUC 109, HUC 113 and HUC 120.
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Unit Management I

Item #
HUC 120
Total Credits
3

Covers management responsibilities for the nursing unit, including time management and identification of possible fire and safety hazards on the nursing unit. 

Prerequisites
HUC 102; enrollment in HUC 106, HUC 109 and HUC 113.
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Unit Management II

Item #
HUC 122
Total Credits
3

Focuses on cognitive knowledge for managing the nursing unit and developing verbal and written communication skills. Students will develop leadership and performance skills by practicing classroom management. 

Prerequisites
Completion of HUC 113 and HUC 120.
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Legal/Ethical Aspects of Unit Coordinating

Item #
HUC 126
Total Credits
2

Enables students to identify legal elements that are necessary in regard to preparing legal documents, discussing hospital and patient confidentiality, or witnessing signatures on consents for treatment. The ethics of this profession will be explored, and students will learn how to apply these ethics in professional behaviors. Covers AIDS education, blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA and hepatitis information. 

Prerequisites
Completion of HUC 102, HUC 106, HUC 109, HUC 113, and HUC 120; enrollment in HUC 112, 118, and 122.
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Clinical Experience

Item #
HUC 132
Total Credits
7

Enables students to use the cognitive and performance objectives from courses HUC 102 through 126 in the clinical setting. The course focuses on resume preparation, employment application and an employment interview. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File report from the Washington State Patrol regarding Crimes Against Persons. Clinical hours vary from six to eight hours per day, four days a week. Students unable to complete course HUC 132 will have the option of completing a clinical rotation with the next available program, on approval from the instructors, within six months. 

Prerequisites
Completion of HUC 102, HUC 106, HUC 109, HUC 113, HUC 120, HUC 112, HUC 122, and HUC 126.
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Electrocardiogram Monitor Technician

Item #
HUC 204
Total Credits
3

This course will examine basic cardiac function, normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms, etiology of arrhythmias and interpretation of EKG tracing. Class time will consist of lectures, identifying rhythms and group challenges. This course provides students with an excellent baseline understanding of both simple and more complex rhythms.

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