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Allied Health Sciences Division

Health Unit Coordinator

Health Unit Coordinator

  • Are you interested in being at the center of a healthcare team in a nonclinical role interacting with patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals?
  • Would you like to learn medical terminology and the medical jargon used in a healthcare facility?
  • Do you have excellent organizational and communication skills and a pleasant, professional disposition?
  • Or, are you already working as a Health Unit Coordinator and wish to prepare for the NAHUC certification exam?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Roane State’s Health Unit Coordinator courses may be just what you are looking for!

Health Unit Coordinator: Health Unit Coordinators typically work under the supervision of a registered nurse coordinating nonclinical activities for the patient and nursing unit. They maintain the patient record, schedule diagnostic tests as well as therapy and physician appointments for the patient.  The Health Unit Coordinator orders supplies for the nursing unit and communicates with various departments within the facility.  One of the main responsibilities is to act as a liaison between the patient, medical staff, patient’s family and visitors.  They must possess excellent organizational and communication skills and a pleasant, professional disposition.

Learn the Skills

Our courses provide a hands-on approach to learning the daily operations and skills needed to be successful as a Health Unit Coordinator.  Some of the daily operations practiced include:

  • Maintaining patient charts and records
  • Protocol for processing physician orders including CPOE (computerized physician order entry)                                                          
  • Communicating with various departments within the facility
  • Coordinating of patient activities for the unit, such as scheduling diagnostic tests

Length of Time Required to Complete the Health Unit Coordinator Courses

Courses may be completed in one or two semesters.

Health Unit Coordinator Pre-Requisites

  • Graduate of an Allied Health Sciences degree or certificate program; or
  • Currently employed as a Health Unit Coordinator or related position (proof of employment is required); or
  • Graduate of a Tennessee Technology Center health-related program of study (transcripts must be provided); or
  • By permission of the Medical Transcription Program director. 

Application Deadline

Enrollment is on a space available basis, if course prerequisites are met.

Health Unit Coordinator Courses

Fall   Credit Hours
HUCR 1010 Health Unit Coordinator Procedures 4
HUCR 1020 Health Unit Coordinator Clinical Practicum* 2
  Total 6

*Not required if currently employed as a Health Unit Coordinator
Note: Optional online courses are available to prepare for the NAHUC certification exam (please inquire)

Prepare for the Future

It is anticipated that implementation of the Affordable Care Act will increase access to healthcare delivery systems, also increasing the de­mand for healthcare support workers such as Health Unit Coordinators.

Employment Opportunities

Health Unit Coordinators are typically employed in hospital nursing units. 

Health Unit Coordinator National Association and Certification Exam

A national certification examination is offered through the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators.  

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Linda Marsh

Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748-5011

(865) 354-3000 or toll free 866-462-7722
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