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Health Unit Coordinator: Certificate


The Health Unit Coordinator Program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and values required to work as a Unit Coordinator on a nursing unit at an acute care hospital, clinic or long term care unit. Graduates are also prepared to work as members of a multidisciplinary health care team.

In addition, the program is available to currently employed Unit Coordinators who wish to upgrade their skills.

During the program, students will learn how to transcribe and prioritize doctors' orders accurately and to coordinate appointments and activities for patients. Students will also learn how to communicate effectively with medical personnel, patients and families.

The last 4 weeks of the program provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the theory and skills learned in the classroom in a clinical setting as their practicum. Students will work with a preceptor and an instructor to meet their objectives.

The practicum is offered in cooperation with hospitals in the Lower Mainland and a variety of practicum settings will be used to give students diverse hospital experiences.

Student loans are available for this full-time program. Students are also responsible for costs related to travel to practicum, uniforms, and textbooks.

This program is offered on the Langley Campus on a full-time (day) or full-time (evening) basis. Day time program – September intake only. Evening program – January intake only.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the HAUC program find employment as Unit Coordinators (also known as Nursing Unit Assistants and Unit Clerks) in acute and long term care nursing units as well as clinics.

The HAUC certificate is recognized by the Health Authorities in the Lower Mainland.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to KPU's General university admission requirements including the undergraduate-level English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply.

Note: Computer skills are highly recommended for students applying for this program.

Program Requirements

Students must achieve and maintain a B- grade or higher in this program.

Note: HAUC courses are assessed Tuition Category 2.a.4 tuition and fees for domestic students.

Semester 1

Designed to give students a theoretical background to the subject matter and its application.

All of:
  HAUC 1000 Medical Terminology 5 credits
  HAUC 1005 Communication and Logistic Skills 2.5 credits
  HAUC 1010 Chart Records and Admissions 2.5 credits
  HAUC 1015 Pharmacology Fundamentals 2.5 credits

Semester 2

The course work will blend theoretical and practical subject materials. Practical experience on a nursing unit will be incorporated in the program.

All of:
  HAUC 1100 Treatment and Medication Orders 3.5 credits
  HAUC 1110 Laboratory Orders 1 2 credits
  HAUC 1115 Laboratory Orders 2 2 credits
  HAUC 1120 Diagnostic Orders 3 credits
  HAUC 1125 Medical/Surgical/Maternity Orders 2.5 credits
  HAUC 1200 Practicum 4 credits

The final practicum involves a 168 hour practicum in an assigned nursing unit working with a unit coordinator as a preceptor and a Practicum Supervisor. Students will gradually assume the responsibilities of the role while completing their objectives.

Total Program Hours – 678 (approximately 33-40 weeks full-time)

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Health Unit Coordinator.

Last Updated: Jul 4, 2014

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