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Health Unit Coordinator: Certificate

All intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely.


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 Health Unit Coordinator 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 Health Unit Coordinator 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:

  • Minimum word processing speed (typing speed) of 50 words per minute
  • Attendance at a Health Unit Coordinator Information Session

Once applicants have received a conditional offer of admission and before final admission to the program is granted, they must submit the following:

  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program
  • Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check

Continuance Requirements

Students in the program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.67, with no grade lower than C+ in all required courses, including electives. Non-adherence to these requirements will result in removal from the program.

Curricular Requirements

Semester 1

All of:
  HAUC 1150 Unit Coordinator Role 3 credits
  HAUC 1160 Medical Language Foundations 3 credits
  HAUC 1190 Clinical 1 2 credits
  HEAL 1100 Mental Wellness and Communication 3 credits
  Elective A course at the 1100 level or higher 3 credits

Semester 2

All of:
  HAUC 1250 Transition to Role 1 credit
  HAUC 1260 Medical Applications 4 credits
  HAUC 1270 Diagnostic Applications 4 credits
  HAUC 1280 Specialty Services 3 credits
  HAUC 1290 Clinical 2 4 credits

Note: HAUC courses are assessed at Tuition Category 2.a.4 and HEAL courses are assessed at Tuition Category 2.a.5 for domestic students.

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:

  • 30

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2017

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 25-Feb-2019

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