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Health Unit Coordinator Department Overview


A Pathway to the Medical Field
As a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) you will perform tasks that help patients, physicians, nursing staff, and other departments in health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. You will help keep the facility organized and maintain communications between patients and medical staff. Each day will vary for you, one day greeting and checking in patients and scheduling appointments, and the next compiling patient charts and transcribing physicians’ order. Government agencies and insurance companies also hire Health Unit Coordinators.

South Central College’s HUC program can be completed in one semester and offers you a pathway to advance your academic career in other medical fields.  After completing the program you will be eligible to take the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators Certification Exam and become a Certified Health Unit Coordinator.

The Health Unit Coordinator Program at South Central College Includes:

  • HUC Fundamentals
  • HUC Procedures
  • Medical Terminology
  • Healthcare Foundation: Introduction to Health Careers
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Office Procedures

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrate understanding of patient confidentiality including HIPPA regulations
  2. Communicate effectively with health care team members, patients, and visitors using therapeutic communication both in person and through the use of office equipment
  3. Utilize medical terminology and accepted abbreviations to accurately transcribe physician, medication, nursing and dietary orders
  4. Demonstrate understanding of how to maintain a patient chart, in both paper and electronic formats

Department Faculty

Laura Attenberger

Health Unit Coordinator Majors