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.

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate has a total of 63 – 72 credits and is usually completed in five (5) quarters. It includes our certificate in Medical Administrative Assistant, and prepares participants for entry-level positions as health unit coordinators.

See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.


  • Admission 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.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program as of Fall 2016:

Foundation Courses  
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
- OR -
AHE 130
- OR -
* t BIOL 241
- AND -
* t BIOL 242
Human Biology
- - -
Human Systems
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology I
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

17-18 Cr.


Medical Administrative Assistant Program Courses  
AHEA 100Medical Law & Ethics3 Cr.
AHEA 102Introduction to Medical Administration5 Cr.
AHEA 104Introduction to Billing & Coding5 Cr.
AHEA 106Medical Computer Systems5 Cr.

Sub-Total MAA:

18 Cr.


Health Unit Coordinator Program Courses  
AHEA 110Health Unit Coordinator I5 Cr.
AHEA 112Health Unit Coordinator II5 Cr.
AHEA 118Health Unit Coordinator Practicum5 Cr.

Sub-Total HUC:

15 Cr.

Total for HUC Certificate: 63 – 72 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

NOTE: Recent changes in employment requirements for some local facilities (hospitals) make completing a NAC program recommended. Bellevue College’s Nursing program offers a 7 Cr. NAC course that prepares students for State certification. Please see the NAC program page for more information.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that job opportunities should be excellent in all healthcare related employment settings…


Last Updated March 20, 2020