Health Unit Coordinating

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for advocacy and assisting those in times of need? If you do, consider the Health Unit Coordinating program.

In this program, you will learn how to work with patients, helping them to understand the doctor’s or nurse’s instructions, managing their medical charts, scheduling their medical tests, and managing treatments. You’ll learn how to manage medical supplies and equipment and interface with medical professionals to assist patients who don’t always understand the intricacies of navigating the healthcare system.

Become an advocate today, and join our Health Unit Coordinating program!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

As a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) or a Patient Care Associate (PCA) you will manage responsibilities, such as:

  • Transcribing or verifying doctors' orders
  • Scheduling diagnostic tests and treatments
  • Managing patients' charts, electronic medical records and unit supplies

As a Patient Care Associate, you will have similar responsibilities as listed above, plus direct patient care responsibilities similar to a Nursing Assistant.

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.

You will prepare for the national certification exam administered by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC).

The PCA is a newer track where you can earn your Nursing Assistant credentials and HUC certificate at the same time.

Watch video to learn more about the Health Unit Coordinating program at GateWay Community College.

Special Requirement

All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Virtual Information Sessions

Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate

Mondays at 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Click Here To Get Your Virtual Meeting Link


Programs Location

Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimates*

Certificate of Completion in Health Unit Coordinating/Patient Care Associate: $1,882 – $2,785

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*Note that Hospital Central Service has a separate accreditation.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

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.