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.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $23,298
Program Code 30-510-2
In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.
Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.
Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|510-301||Health Unit Coordinator Proc 1||3|
|510-302||Health Unit Coordinator Proc 2||3|
|510-303||Health Unit Coordinatr Clinicl||3|
|501-104||Healthcare Customer Serv.||2|
|501-107||Intro to Healthcare Computing||2|
Total Semester Credits
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
Not required for graduation Required for Graduation
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
510-301 Health Unit Coordinator Proc 1
Become familiar with the environment, communication and management of client information in health care.
510-302 Health Unit Coordinator Proc 2
Examine topics such as the order process, transcription of medication and infusion orders, laboratory and diagnostic orders, interdisciplinary treatment orders and specialty unit orders.
510-303 Health Unit Coordinatr Clinicl
Apply the concepts and skills needed by a Health Unit Coordinator in a clinical setting.
501-101 Medical Terminology
Develop an understanding of medical terminology by breaking related words into prefixes, root words, and suffixes. Practice the formation, analysis, and reconstruction of terms, and learn correct spellings, definitions and pronunciations. Become familiar with the operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, and systemic and surgical terminology.
Approved Substitutes: 501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1; and 501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2
501-104 Healthcare Customer Serv.
Discuss the principles of customer service used by healthcare workers, including confidentiality, professionalism, and written and oral communication skills. Investigate healthcare systems, safety standards and workforce dynamics.
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing
Become familiar with the basic computer applications used in healthcare settings, including common software packages, operating systems, file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, the Internet and e-mail. Study the hardware and software components of computer systems and electronic medical records. Learn how to perform research in healthcare journals. Explore career resources and create a professional resume.
Pathway programs provide a progressive educational process. The pathway is structured so certificates can be taken one at a time, ladder into one another, and build toward longer-term credentials such as a technical diploma or associate degree. These additional skills then allow the student career advancement opportunities and higher earning potential.
Courses offered within a given pathway can be offered in more than one certificate; however, the specific course needs to be taken only once along the pathway as it leads to the diploma. For example: if a course is offered in the second certificate and also offered in the diploma, taking the course in the certificate eliminates the need to take it in the diploma.
Pathway courses shown in gray indicate a course that has been offered in a previous certificate listing.
Introduction to Health Careers (9 credits)
Health Unit Coordinator (16 credits)
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 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.