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Health Unit Coordinator

Program Requirements: 

Take your passion for helping others to the next level by obtaining a technical diploma as a Health Unit Coordinator from Gateway Technical College. This technical diploma will open doors for you to obtain a position in the rapidly growing healthcare industry.

Health unit coordinators prepare medical records for new patients, input healthcare data, maintain patient charts and perform other non-clinical tasks related to patient admission and discharge. Graduates can also work as receptionists in a hospital or other healthcare setting.

Gateway provides students with training beyond the classroom with an eight-week clinical rotation at a local hospital. The program includes general education, typing, medical terminology and health unit management training. Beyond learning medical knowledge, students also learn pertinent skills such as customer service, time management and stress management techniques.

Gainful Employment Information

What does a health unit coordinator do?

Health unit coordinators coordinate non-clinical tasks, schedule diagnostics and treatments as well as work with patients and families during patient admission and discharge.

Graduates can find careers as medical secretaries, unit clerks, medical receptionists and health unit coordinators. These positions can be found in hospitals, medical-surgical units, dental offices, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, veterinary clinics and laboratories.

Learning by doing

During classes, students have access to desktop computers, their own personal work center and medical-related educational equipment including computer programs that simulate data entry and clinical experiences. Clinical simulations allow students to learn to effectively manage conflict, spot errors made by other medical professionals and to function as a main component of the healthcare team. Students also learn disease processes as well as related pharmacology.

Communication simulations are also conducted during class so that students learn how to handle real-world patient and family interactions. The program possesses a multitude of medical records and simulated medical records, which are used in the simulated clinical setting as case studies.

In-class simulations prepare students for an eight-week clinical rotation at a local hospital. The clinical experience helps students learn how to order medical diagnostics and provide patient and family education under the supervision of an industry professional.

Students are encouraged to join the National Association of Health Unit Coordination (NAHUC). NAHUC provides many benefits including regional job analysis, seminars and educational opportunities for continuing medical education credits.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical receptionists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median hourly salary of receptionists was $13.00 in 2010. Salary can increase with experience.

Certification and Licensing

Graduates are prepared to take the Health Unit Coordinators Certification Examination. Passing the exam shows competency in the skills and basic knowledge required to be a certified health unit coordinator. Some hospitals and medical agencies may require certification for employment.


Additional Requirements

After Acceptance

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Daniel Russell

Program Administration

Mike O'Donnell, Dean