• Program: Health Unit Coordinator
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 36
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The Nursing Station Technician diploma program is designed for Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) students who wish to obtain the skills necessary to assist nurses with hands on patient care and/or advanced administrative duties. A Nursing Station Technician (NST) is responsible for coordination of communications and procedures to the nursing unit, processing admissions, discharge and transfers, transcribing orders and updating patient records. NST’s work under the direction of a nurse to assist in delivery of patient care including personal hygiene, clients nutritional requirements, daily activities, monitoring of patient vital signs, transporting patients and equipment, setting up and maintaining patient rooms, reordering and stocking supplies. The Nursing Station Technician is an important member of the professional health care team. NST’s provide a crucial role in disseminating communication throughout the nursing unit and assisting the nursing staff. The professional responsibilities include answering the telephone and intercom, initiating records for new patients, performing patient admission, transfer and discharge procedures, operating unit equipment, ordering daily diets and laboratory tests, scheduling diagnostic studies, recording patient data from departmental records into the patient’s record and ordering of unit supplies. In the work place, the NST communicates with various departments within the facility via the telephone, fax machine, pagers, pneumatic tube systems and computers This program will include two clinical experiences. Required coursework will focus on practices and procedures, health care core concepts, processing of physician’s orders, communication skill development, team building skill development, medical terminology and Nursing Assistant skills. Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to be detail oriented with a high degree of accuracy while managing the workload in a very busy environment. The NST should be able to solve problems logically and critically, be self-motivated, conscientious, flexible, and demonstrate good customer service skills. Health care workers are expected to protect the confidentiality of patient information, demonstrate a high degree of ethics, and exhibit professionalism.

Career Opportunities

Positions are available as Health Unit Coordinators (HUC), Patient Care Technicians (PCT), Nursing Station Technician (NST) and Unit Coordinators (UC) in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, insurance companies and other healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) certification exam and the Nursing Assistant state examination.

Award Outcomes:

  • Manage clerical duties on the nursing unit.
  • Demonstrate team building and effective communication skills.
  • Function as a member of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terms needed to perform job duties.
  • Operate unit equipment.
  • Utilize computer software effectively.
  • Exhibit professionalism.
  • Differentiate between hospital departments.
  • Perform patient care duties safely and effectively.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge needed to process physician orders.
  • Understand HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 27 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits
  • CPLT1100 Computer Essentials in the Digital World 3
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • PSYC2310 Psychology Throughout the Lifespan 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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