Become a Health Unit Coordinator
Health unit coordinators are a vital part of the patient care process, keeping patients and healthcare providers connected. This 100% online course will train you to work as a certified health unit coordinator.
Job Outlook for Health Unit Coordinators
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that jobs for health unit coordinators will grow by 22% over the next decade. According to PayScale.com, health unit coordinators earn around $40,000 per year on average.
Health Unit Coordinator FAQs
WHAT DO HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS DO?
Health unit coordinators assist in communication between patients and healthcare providers by scheduling appointments and procedures, transcribing medical orders, organizing medical records, and more. Key duties include:
- Patient record and admission, transfers, and discharge
- Transcription of orders, medical terminology, and critical thinking
- Confidentiality and patient rights and responsibilities
WHERE DO HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS WORK?
Health unit coordinators work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, public health clinics, outpatient treatment centers, private physician practices, and rehab centers.
IS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR A HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR?
Yes. Certification is very important when working with patients, medical records, and healthcare. As a healthcare worker, you are bound to strict regulations. Certification helps demonstrate your ability to meet patient care needs while upholding legal and ethical standards.
- Prepare to take and pass the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) certification exam
- Be introduced to the history of medicine and health unit coordination
- Obtain knowledge in supplies and service management
- Learn the importance of confidentiality and patient rights and responsibilities
- Practice critical thinking, medical terminology, and the transcription of orders
- Obtain knowledge in promoting a healthy environment and safety issues
- Learn about patient records and admission, transfers, and discharge
Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no prerequisites for taking this course.
Introduction to Medical Terminology
Certified Health Unit Coordinator
Anita Mills is a health unit coordinator, instructor, and college advisor. For the past 15 years, she has taught Health Unit Coordination and Medical Terminology. In addition, she served on the Education Board of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators for four years and is currently the organization's Director of Certification. Mills has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication, as well as several certificates.
Registration and Enrollment
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