Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate program offers two options which focuses on the work involved in the nursing unit in health care facilities.

The Health Unit Coordinating option I 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 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.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Coordinate activities of nursing personnel, medical staff, other hospital departments, patients, and visitors in the clinical setting to meet patient needs.
  2. Manage workflow of patient care departments.
  3. Interpret, communicate, and document patient care orders.
  4. Plan and execute general daily routines and tasks related to nonclinical responsibilities of patient care departments.
  5. Maintain patients' paper and electronic charts and prepare forms.
  6. Describe and follow guidelines to ensure data control, security, privacy, and confidentiality of health information maintained in patient records.
  7. Demonstrate the use of various communication devices with health unit coordinator processes, procedures, and tasks.
  8. Implement appropriate policies and procedures in health care situations.
  9. Communicate in an ethically and culturally responsive manner to improve patient satisfaction and care.
  10. Utilize effective interpersonal skills to resolve conflict and solve problems in patient care departments and other health care institutions.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

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 and HUC116 courses.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

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Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

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Part-time Sequence

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.