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Health Unit Coordinator―Technical Certificate

Well-trained health unit coordinators manage unit workflow efficiently. Their duties usually include admitting new patients and clients, transcribing physicians' orders, compiling information from patient charts, scheduling patients for tests and appointments, performing record keeping and inventory duties and coordinating staff schedules.

Employers seek out coordinators with a professional appearance and a friendly personality. Other favorable attributes include good communication, management, organizational and multitasking skills.

Certification

Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination, which is administered at Pasco-Hernando State College.

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as health unit coordinators, also known as ward clerks or unit secretaries. Topics in the program include interpreting medical terminology, performing clerical duties; reading, interpreting and coordinating physicians' orders; legal and ethical responsibilities, and performing supervised clinical duties. 

Length

This program can be completed in approximately one year if students attend classes on a full-time basis. 

Location

This program can be completed on the West Campus in New Port Richey and North Campus in Brooksville. Some courses can be completed on the East Campus in Dade City.

Format

This program contains both academic and clinical components as part of the curriculum.