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HPRO 174 Heath Unit Coordinator I • 5 Cr.


Covers the skills needed to become a Health Unit Coordinator. Includes certification requirements, basic data entry, proper workplace behavior, and basic office procedures. Skills applied in a laboratory setting. Enforced Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 and HPRO 100, 105, 120, 125, and 130 with a C- or better or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the history of the health unit coordinating profession
  • Explain the purpose and history of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC)
  • Identify the tasks that health unit coordinators perform which aide nurses, doctors, hospitals, patients and visitors
  • Describe the certification and recertification process for health unit coordinators.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to prioritize based on the sense of urgency while performing tasks.
  • Describe the general structure of a typical hospital
  • Explain the function of the departments in finance, diagnostic, and therapeutic services, additional services, and operational services
  • Demonstrate the proper use of communication devices found in health care facilities and describe the uses of each
  • Analyze and demonstrate proper workplace behavior in regards to legal versus ethical issues, employment law, and patient privacy regulations i.e. HIPAA
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide care to diverse a patient population
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using non-verbal and verbal communication methods

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000