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Health Unit Coordinator

Overview

Health Unit Coordinators must be professional in interactions with others, performance of job responsibilities, appearance and be proficient in the English language. Health Unit Coordinators work at the nursing station in health care facilities. As the center of communication on the nursing unit, Health Unit Coordinators are responsible for reading doctor’s orders for patient treatments, medications and tests, and accurately relaying those orders to the appropriate department. The Health Unit Coordinator is responsible for performing clerical tasks for the nursing stations such as answering the telephone, operating the computer, assisting visitors, filing, managing station records, and maintaining patient’s charts. Recent changes in healthcare with electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry are introduced. All health care workers must have a high degree of ethics in maintaining the confidentiality of patient information.

Attend a FREE Health Unit Coordinator Seminar
Attend a Health Unit Coordinator Seminar to find out more about the program. Seminars are offered prior to each Fall and Spring Semester and during the Summer Term.
Health Unit Coordinator Information Seminar ​

Nursing Station Technician Certificate
The Nursing Station Technician program is designed for Health Unit Coordinators who wish to acquire the necessary skills to assist nurses with hands-on patient care. This program will provide training in the basic nursing assistant skills in the laboratory setting and a clinical experience in a long term care facility. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program test (NNAAP) /Home Health Aide test to be placed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.

What You'll Learn
  • Processing physicians' orders
  • Scheduling tests and procedures
  • Communicating orders to other health care team members
  • Receptionist, clerical communication skills and customer service
  • Medical terminology, basic human structure, diseases and disorders
Career Settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private and public
    hospitals
  • Outpatient facilities
    and clinics
  • Rehabilitation units and centers
Potential Employers
  • Regions Hospital
  • Allina Hospitals & Clinics
  • VA Medical Center
  • HealthEast Care System
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • Gillette Children's
    Specialty Healthcare
  • North Memorial Medical Center
Additional Benefits

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

  • Learn from experienced instructor who teaches in a "hands-on" environment.
  • Clinical based course requirements give students the opportunity to learn and experience the day-to-day flow of activities on a Nursing Unit.
  • Train with experienced Health Unit Coordinators through an internship.
  • Use training as a stepping stone to other health-related careers.
  • Work in an occupation with the advantage of working flexible schedules or on different shifts.