Health Unit Coordinator

16-credit Technical Diploma

Health unit coordinators are responsible for keeping a department running smoothly. They are a vital communication link between all service departments: physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, patients and visitors. They are also responsible for maintaining patient and unit records, ordering supplies and services, transcribing physician orders and requesting physician-ordered diagnostic tests and treatments from various departments and hospitals. In this program, learn to coordinate the functions of the patient care unit; develop skills to become a more effective communicator; and gain basic introductory knowledge of laboratory, radiology and surgical exams.

  • Prepare for jobs such as clinical systems communicator, unit clerical coordinator, medical receptionist or health unit coordinator.
  • Clinical experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Some credits earned in WCTC’s Medical Records Technician certificate program may be applied toward the school’s Health Unit Coordinator program.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $22,000-$23,000
    • Average Salary: $22,862
    • Median Salary: $22,862
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $22,862
    • Average Hourly Wage: $11.00
    • Three-year Average Salary: $22,416

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Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 510-301 Health Unit Coordinator Proc 13  
 510-302 Health Unit Coordinator Proc 23  
 510-303 Health Unit Coordinatr Clinicl3  
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv.2  
 501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv. 2
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Health Unit Coordinator. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.