Health Unit Coordinating / Patient Care Associate
As a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) or a Patient Care Associate (PCA) you will work under the supervision of the nursing department in a healthcare facility or a physician in an office.
As a HUC, you will transcribe doctors’ orders, schedule diagnostic tests and treatments, assist in maintaining Electronic patient charts and managing related work-flow. Health Unit Coordinators are also referred to as Health Unit Clerks/Secretaries. Employment is found in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and physicians’ offices.
As a Patient Care Associate you will have similar responsibilities as a HUC, plus direct patient care responsibilities similar to a Nursing Assistant.
While working under the supervision of the nursing department in a hospital, healthcare facility or physician's office, coordinators manage responsibilities such as:
- Transcribing or verifying doctors' orders
- Scheduling diagnostic tests and treatments
- Managing patients' charts, electronic medical records and unit supplies
HUC's are often referred to as Unit Clerks and Health Unit Secretaries.
An option for incoming students with Certified Nurse Assisting training is the Health Unit Coordinating / Patient Care Associate program of study in which the six credit CNA (NUR158) course substitutes for five credits of HCC classes.
How to Get Started
GateWay Community College offers a Certificate of Completion in Health Unit Coordinating that will prepare you for the national certification exam administered by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC).
The PCA is a new track where you can earn your Nursing Assistant credentials and HUC certificate at the same time.
Degrees & Certificates
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GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.