Health Unit Coordinating / Patient Care Associate

Health SciencesAs 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, hospital or a physician's office.

In your role as a health unit coordinator, 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.

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 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.

Program Locations

Washington Campus

Program Cost

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.

Degrees & Certificates


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.

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.