Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate program focuses on the work involved in the nursing unit in health care facilities. The Health Unit Coordinating focuses on the coordination of non-clinical activities related to patient care. Professional duties include processing doctors` orders, scheduling diagnostic tests and treatments for patients, managing the patients` paper and electronic charts, managing unit supplies and equipment, and facilitation and management of workflow in the health care setting. Communication duties include managing telephone and patient intercom calls. The Patient Care Associate Option II adds the role of the nursing assistant for clients across the wellness/illness continuum within the nurse assisting scope of practice to the Health Unit Coordinator role.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest: 
Health Sciences
Type: 
Certificate
Academic Plan Code: 
5307
Total credits required: 
16.5-20.5
Effective term: 
Fall 2021
Admission criteria

None.

Academic Plan: 
Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate (CER)
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
HCC courses may be taken concurrently with HUC required courses or prior to admittance into the program.
The HUC required courses must be taken concurrently if seeking a Certificate of Completion in Health Unit Coordination/Patient Care Associate with the exception of HUC113 which may be taken one semester prior.
Students planning on registering for the restricted elective clinical course HUC115 will need to meet the following requirements prior to course enrollment:
1. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
2. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.
3. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements during the program may result in cancellation of enrollment in the HUC115 course.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:16.5-18
Two specializations are available for student enrollment:
Specialization I - Health Unit Coordinating (HUC) is for entry level students with no prior healthcare experience.
Specialization II - Patient Care Associate (PCA) is for students who take all the HUC courses with the addition of NUR158 or transfer 4.5 credits in Nursing Assisting from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
 
 
Specialization I: Health Unit Coordinating Emphasis Credits:17-18
 
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
 
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3) OR
HCC130AAHealth Care Today (0.5) AND
HCC130ABWorkplace Behaviors in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130ACPersonal Wellness and Safety (0.5) AND
HCC130ADCommunication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations (0.5) AND
HCC130AELegal Issues in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130AFDecision Making in the Health Care Setting (0.5)3
 
HCC145or HCC146 must be taken within the last 5 academic years.
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals (3) OR
HCC146Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals (2)2-3
 
HUC111Communication and Hospital Unit Management in Health Unit Coordinating2
HUC113Diagnostic Tests and Treatments4
HUC114Health Unit Coordinator Procedures2
HUC116Health Unit Coordinating Seminar1
 
 
Specialization II: Patient Care Associate Emphasis Credits: 16.5
 
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
 
NUR158Nurse Assisting (4.5) OR
Transfer 4.5 credits in Nursing Assisting from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (4.5) 4.5
 
HUC111Communication and Hospital Unit Management in Health Unit Coordinating2
HUC113Diagnostic Tests and Treatments4
HUC114Health Unit Coordinator Procedures2
HUC116Health Unit Coordinating Seminar1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-2.5
Optional: Students in Specialization I or Specialization II seeking a clinical experience may select zero (0) to two and a half (2.5) credits from the courses below:
 
HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification (0) 0-0.5
 
HUC115Health Unit Coordinator Clinical2
Competencies
  • Coordinate activities of nursing personnel, medical staff, other hospital departments, patients, and visitors in the clinical setting to meet patient needs. (HUC111, HUC114, HUC115)
  • Manage workflow of patient care departments. (CIS105, HUC111, HUC114, HUC115, NUR158)
  • Interpret, communicate, and document patient care orders. (HUC113, HUC114, HUC115, HCC145, HCC146, NUR158)
  • Execute the planned general daily routines and tasks related to nonclinical responsibilities of patient care departments. (HUC111, HUC114, HUC115)
  • Maintain patients' paper and electronic charts and prepare forms. (CIS105, HUC111, HUC114, HUC115)
  • Describe and follow guidelines to ensure data control, security, privacy, and confidentiality of health information maintained in patient records. (HUC111, HUC114, HUC115)
  • Demonstrate the use of various communication devices with health unit coordinator processes, procedures, and tasks. (HUC111, HUC113, HUC114, HUC115)
  • Implement appropriate policies and procedures in health care situations. (HCC130++, HCC145, HCC146, HUC111, HUC113, HUC114, HUC115, HUC116, NUR158)
  • Communicate in an ethically and culturally responsive manner to improve patient satisfaction and care. (HCC130++, HCC145, HCC146, HUC111, HUC114, HUC115, HUC116)
  • Utilize effective interpersonal skills to resolve conflict and solve problems in patient care departments and other health care institutions. (HCC130++, HUC111, HUC114, HUC115, HUC116)

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