Certificates for Health Unit Coordinators

Health unit coordinators work in hospitals, handling tasks such as admission processing and patient scheduling. Get information on what you'll learn in a certificate program for health unit coordinators, and learn about certifications offered by professional organizations. Schools offering Finance and Health Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Might I Learn in a Health Unit Coordinator Certificate Program?

These programs can teach you to schedule laboratory tests and other procedures, order supplies and maintain patient records. You also might learn to interact with patients and organize statistics through spreadsheets. Other responsibilities covered in a health unit coordinator certificate program might include preparing patients for discharge, processing admission papers, conducting daily patient censuses and keeping track of daily workloads.

Skills Learned Preparing patients for admission and discharge, patient census, statistics organization, patient record maintenance
Course Topics Office procedures, ethics, medical terminology, therapeutic procedures
Career Locations Emergency department, nursing unit, ambulatory surgical center, doctor's office
Certification Options Voluntary exam given through the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators

What Courses Can I Expect?

Most of these technical certificate programs won't require you to complete any general education courses prior to graduation. Some programs require courses in keyboarding, care facility essentials, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, legal issues and health information science. Other topics you might study include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Microcomputer applications
  • Therapeutic procedures
  • Physician order processing
  • Medical office procedures
  • Office communications
  • Ethics

Since many programs require hands-on training, including laboratory courses, practica and internship opportunities, there are a limited number of online options.

What Can I Do With My Education?

Earning your health unit coordinator certificate could qualify you for a position with a doctor's office, emergency department, long-term care facility, ambulatory surgery center or clinic. You also might work with a nursing unit, keeping statistical reports updated, transcribing doctors' prescription orders, coordinating activities and preparing patients' charts.

Is Certification Available?

If you're interested in pursuing professional certification, you can find a voluntary designation offered by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC). The Health Unit Coordinator Certification Exam is open to those who have completed a health unit coordinator training program as well as those already working in health unit coordination that have at least a high school diploma or GED. You must renew your certification every three years by retaking the certification exam or completing a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education activities.

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