HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR
- Class Time: Day or Evening (primarily Monday-Friday)
- Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus
As a student in the Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) program, you will concentrate on coursework directly related to working in a variety of health care facilites. At HTC you will learn the effective ways of becoming both professional and customer service focused. You will be an important member of a professional health care team in hospitals, extended care facilities or medical offices assisting the nursing staff with the non-clinical clerical tasks. You will gain the skills you need to succeed including learning about the essentials of health care facilities, medical terminology, and processing physician orders. Start here for a career that puts you on the path to success in the health care industry.
Supplies / Tools
Health Unit Coordinating textbook
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 HUC should be able to solve problems logically and critically, be self-motivated, conscientious and demonstrate good customer service skills. HUCs are expected to protect the confidentiality of patient information, demonstrate a high degree of ethics, and exhibit professionalism.
The student is required to complete 112 hours of externship at a clinical site that is assigned to them.
At the completion of the HUC Program the graduate may be employed in a hospital, nursing home, clinic, doctors offices or insurance companies.
Health Unit Coordinator graduates are successfully employed in a variety of health care facilities. The industry relies highly on these individuals to keep a nursing unit in order.
Possible job titles include: Health Unit Coordinator, Ward Clerk, Patient Flow Assistant, Unit Operations Coordinator
Potential Job Titles
HUC Program is aligned with the standards of practice set forth from the National Assosociation of Health Unit Coordinators
HTC Health Unit Coordinator program has affliations with most of the health care facilities in the Twin Cities including Allina Hospitals, Fairview Hospitals and Park Nicollett-Methodist Hospital. Local extended care failities such as Masonic Homes, St. Therese, and Augustana also employ Health Unit Coordinators.
Once the student has graduated from HTC they are eligible to take the National exam to become a Certified Health Unit Coordinator and also become a member of the NAHUC.
The advisory committee is comprised of educators, supervisors, human resources representatives and HUC practioners from local health care facilities.