Health Unit Coordinator

The health unit coordinator is an entry-level health professional that helps maintain and support a healthcare facility. Their duties include setting up charts for hospital admittance, performing data entry, ordering lab tests and x-rays, transcribing physician orders and communicating them to nursing staff and other hospital departments, using computerized order entry systems, setting up and maintaining patient records, managing facility communications (either in person, electronically, or by phone), and keeping the unit in compliance with facility policy and confidentiality regulations.

Bellevue College’s Health Unit Coordinator certificate program prepares students for national certification by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC). This agency administers the national examination that demonstrates the candidate has the basic knowledge and skills required to be a health unit coordinator. Currently, one hospital in the immediate vicinity requires this certification. It is expected that surrounding hospitals will follow suit in the near future.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that job opportunities should be excellent in all healthcare related employment settings, especially in entry-level healthcare positions due to the high job turnover rate. In addition, the large number of expected retirements and tougher immigration rules are reducing the number of qualified professionals that are currently in this field. In Washington, it is projected that employment in healthcare services will grow 18.0 percent from 2007-2017.

According to Workforce Explorer (www.WorkforceExplorer.com), health services positions have an average salary of $15.45 per hour with a range of $10.92 to $20.82.

For currently available jobs and pay information in Washington, go to www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate has a total of 50 credits and is usually completed in five (5) quarters. It includes our certificate in Medical Office Reception, and prepares participants for entry-level positions as health unit coordinators.

See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.

Requirements

  • Acceptance to Bellevue College as a credit student
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 for advanced classes
  • Completed pre-requisites for advanced classes
  • Immunizations(LINK) for externships
  • Background Check(LINK) for externships
  • Externship transportation

Recommended Course Scheduling

Because of pre-requisites, the usual progression through classes is as follows:

Spring / Summer
Summer / Fall
Fall / Winter
Winter / Spring
Spring / Summer
Total: 15 CreditsTotal: 12 CreditsTotal: 10 CreditsTotal: 8 CreditsTotal: 5 Credits
HPRO 100 (5 credits)HPRO 105 (2 credits)HPRO 134 (2 credits)HPRO 135 (3 credits)HPRO 176 (5 credits)
HPRO 120 (3 credits)HPRO 125 (5 credits)HPRO 174 (5 credits)HPRO 175 (5 credits)
HPRO 130 (4 credits)BTS 161 (5 credits)BTS 144 (3 credits)
HPRO 131 (2 credits)
BTS 104 (1 credit)

Note: HPRO 174, HPRO 175, and HPRO 176 are each only offered twice per academic year. Students starting the series in the Fall or Winter will have access to all three classes in their proper order.

Is there a faster, full-time progression through these classes?

For full-time students only, the following is the only “fast track” progression currently offered. No class substitutions or reordering of classes is allowed at this time.

Summer / Fall
Fall / Winter
Winter / Spring
Spring / Summer
Total: 16 CreditsTotal: 14 CreditsTotal: 15 CreditsTotal: 5 Credits
HPRO 100 (5 credits)HPRO 105 (2 credits)HPRO 125 (5 credits)HPRO 176 (5 credits)
HPRO 120 (3 credits)HPRO 130 (4 credits)HPRO 134 (2 credits)
HPRO 131 (2 credits)HPRO 174 (5 credits)HPRO 135 (3 credits)
BTS 104 (1 credit)BTS 144 (3 credits)HPRO 175 (5 credits)
BTS 161 (5 credits)

Note: In this scenario, HPRO 120 must be taken before entry into HPRO 174 is allowed and BTS 144 must be taken before entry into HPRO 175 is allowed. HPRO 174, HPRO 175, and HPRO 176 are each only offered twice per academic year. Students starting the series in the Fall or Winter will have access to all three classes in their proper order.