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Become a Health Unit Coordinator

Health unit coordinators are a vital part of the patient care process, keeping patients and healthcare providers connected. This 100% online course will train you to work as a certified health unit coordinator.

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Job Outlook for Health Unit Coordinators

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that jobs for health unit coordinators will grow by 22% over the next decade. According to PayScale.com, health unit coordinators earn around $40,000 per year on average.

Health Unit Coordinator FAQs

WHAT DO HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS DO?
Health unit coordinators assist in communication between patients and healthcare providers by scheduling appointments and procedures, transcribing medical orders, organizing medical records, and more. Key duties include:

    • Patient record and admission, transfers, and discharge
    • Transcription of orders, medical terminology, and critical thinking
    • Confidentiality and patient rights and responsibilities

WHERE DO HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS WORK?
Health unit coordinators work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, public health clinics, outpatient treatment centers, private physician practices, and rehab centers.

NAHUC LogoIS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR A HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR?
Yes. Certification is very important when working with patients, medical records, and healthcare. As a healthcare worker, you are bound to strict regulations. Certification helps demonstrate your ability to meet patient care needs while upholding legal and ethical standards.

Course Objectives

    • Prepare to take and pass the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) certification exam
    • Be introduced to the history of medicine and health unit coordination
    • Obtain knowledge in supplies and service management
    • Learn the importance of confidentiality and patient rights and responsibilities
    • Practice critical thinking, medical terminology, and the transcription of orders
    • Obtain knowledge in promoting a healthy environment and safety issues
    • Learn about patient records and admission, transfers, and discharge

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Curriculum

Introduction to Medical Terminology

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Lymphatic and immune systems
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Urinary system
  • Nervous system
  • Special senses (the eyes and ears)
  • Integumentary system
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproductive system
  • Diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine, pharmacology

Certified Health Unit Coordinator

  • Orientation to hospitals, medical centers, and health care
  • Personal and professional skills
  • The patient's electronic record or chart
  • Health unit coordinator procedures
  • Introduction to anatomical structures, medical terms, and illnesses


Instructor

Anita Mills is a health unit coordinator, instructor, and college advisor. For the past 15 years, she has taught Health Unit Coordination and Medical Terminology. In addition, she served on the Education Board of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators for four years and is currently the organization's Director of Certification. Mills has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication, as well as several certificates.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online with our curriculum partner ed2go. Start anytime.

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