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Health Unit Coordinator

Health Unit Coordinator Certificate
Nursing Station Technician Certificate

Program Overview

​The Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program prepares students for work at the nursing station in health care facilities. As the center of communications 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 with emphasis on customer service on the nursing unit including answering the telephone, operating the computer, assisting visitors, filing, and maintaining patient records.

​Health Unit Coordinators must be able to complete detailed tasks with a high degree of accuracy, while working in a busy environment. They must be self-motivated and conscientious to complete work independently and be able to solve problems logically. ​Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. All health care workers must have a high degree of ethics in maintaining the confidentiality of patient information. 

The Nursing Station Technician Certificate program is designed for Health Unit Coordinators who wish to acquire the necessary skills to assist nurses with hands-on patient care. Students must have completed the Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program first. 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 the Nursing Station Technician Certificate program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide 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​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    Keyboarding Skills Requirement
    Adequate computer keyboarding skills are required to be accepted into the program. Keyboarding assessment of 30wpm and 5 or fewer errors or grade of "C: or better in BTEC 1400 Keyboarding.

    ​Required Internship
    Students in the Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program must complete ​​an internship. When on internship, students are responsible for appropriate business attire or uniforms, parki​ng fees, and any other expenses associated with the internship. Liability insurance is included in the cost of tuition.

    • Satisfactory completion of all coursework is required for internship.
    • Students must submit specified immunization records and receive a background study clearance through the Minnesota Department of Human Services before they can be placed in an internship facility.

    Textbook and Supply Costs
    Heath Unit Coordinator students should expect to spend approximately $300 for books and supplies.

    Nursing Station Technician students should ​expect to spend approximately $400 beyond the cost of tuition and fees for books, supplies and parking. Fees do not include the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Test (NNAAP)/Home Health Aide, or uniforms.​

  • Career Settings

    • ​​Long-term care facilities 
    • 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 ​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​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.​
    • Graduates will be prepared for the National HUC certification exam.
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​The Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program meets National Association of HUC Standards and prepares students for the National HUC certification exam. NAHUC Web site:​

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