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Field of Study: Health Unit Coordination

Introduction

Health unit coordination programs prepare people to work as medical ward supervisors and clerks.

 

Overview

Health unit coordination programs include topics such as:

  • Maintaining patient records
  • Supervising workers
  • Scheduling
  • Medical transcription
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Interpersonal skills

Schools
Many career and technical schools offer certificate programs in health unit coordination. Many 2-year and community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in health unit coordination. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

A few 4-year colleges offer bachelor's degrees in health unit coordination. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

 

College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Office Procedures
  • Recordkeeping
  • Introduction to Business
  • General Computer Applications
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Office Aide
  • Public Speaking
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Medical and Clerical Assisting
  • Medical Office
  • Anatomy and Physiology

 

Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Admission and Discharge Procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Communication and Interpersonal Relations
  • Computer Applications in Healthcare
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
  • First Aid and CPr
  • Health and Safety Standards
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Healthcare
  • Medical Insurance Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Transcription
  • Principles of Management
  • Processing Physicians' Orders
  • Transfer Procedures

 

Things to know

Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some health unit coordination programs require students to complete an internship.

A common way to learn health unit coordination is to take course work in this area during nursing training.

After completing this program you will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Medical and Health Services Managers
Receptionists and Information Clerks

 

Resources

Health Occupation Students of America
http://www.hosa.org

National Association of Health Unit Coordinators, Inc.
http://www.nahuc.org

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Online - Brooklyn Park, Located in Metro
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Online - Red Wing, Located in Southeast
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Red Wing , Located in Southeast
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Winona , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Austin , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Online - Austin, Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Owatonna , Located in Southeast
Rochester Community and Technical College , Located in Southeast
Rochester Community and Technical College - Online , Located in Southeast
Saint Paul College - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Saint Paul College - Online - St. Paul, Located in Metro
South Central College - Faribault - Fairbault, Located in Southeast
South Central College - North Mankato , Located in Southeast
South Central College - Online - North Mankato, Located in Southeast