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Health Unit Coordinator: Certificate


The Health Unit Coordinator program provides students with diverse learning opportunities and experiences to work in a supportive clerical role within a multidisciplinary health care team.

Students will explore how to communicate effectively in this environment and perform various skills and tasks accurately and thoroughly on patients' health records. Students will also develop their leadership and assertive skills throughout the program. They will have opportunities to learn with other Faculty of Health students on and off-campus. Students will apply their knowledge and skills from the classroom to the health care setting supported by a preceptor and HAUC faculty. 

The program is offered on the Langley campus, full-time during the day starting in September, or January with classes in the evenings and weekends.

Career Opportunities

The HAUC certificate is recognized by the Health Authorities in the Lower Mainland.  Graduates are able to find employment as a Unit Coordinator, Unit Clerk, Nursing Unit Assistant, Nursing Unit Clerk and in various clerical positions within a health care setting.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Typing speed 40 wpm (50 wpm upon completion of the program)
  • Attendance at a Health Unit Coordinator Information Session
  • Criminal Record review issued by the BC Ministry of Justice, Criminal Records Review Program
  • If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from your country of origin.

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

Continuance Requirements

Students are required to obtain a grade of 70% or higher in each course throughout the program. For the final course, HAUC 1200 Practicum, an evaluation or grading system of Mastery (MAS) is used. To attain Mastery, a student must be able to assume the workload of a beginning Unit Coordinator by the end of the practicum and successfully demonstrate and perform all the practicum objectives independently.

Curricular Requirements

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

Note: HAUC courses are assessed at Tuition Category 2.a.4 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.

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.

At a Glance

Faculty of Health

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Certificate

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January

Intake Type:

  • Limited Intake  Limited intake


  • Full-time  Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 29.5

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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