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CERTIFIED HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR 

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Online Health Unit Coordinator Training

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

  • Canada’s Job Bank anticipates a labour shortage in the healthcare field now through 2028.

  • Healthcare will see some of the highest demand, with more than 178,000 new jobs opening over the next decade.

  • According to Indeed.com, health unit coordinators in Canada make approximately C$45,000 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

IS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS?

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.

WHERE DO HEALTH UNIT COORDINATORS WORK?

Health unit coordinators work in variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, public health clinics, outpatient treatment centers, private physician practices and rehab centers.

Course Objectives

  • 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 the patient record and admission, transfers, and discharge

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.

Curriculum

Introduction to Medical Terminology

THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

THE LYMPHATIC AND IMMUNE SYSTEMS

THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

THE URINARY SYSTEM

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

THE SPECIAL SENSES THE EYES AND EARS

THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES, NUCLEAR MEDICINE, PHARMACOLOGY

Certified Health Unit Coordinator

ORIENTATION TO HOSPITALS, MEDICAL CENTERS, AND HEALTH CARE

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

THE PATIENT'S ELECTRONIC RECORD OR CHART

HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR PROCEDURES

INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES, MEDICAL TERMS, AND ILLNESSES

Instructor

Anita Mills

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

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.