The Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program prepares students for work at the nursing station in health care facilities. As the center of communications on the nursing unit, Health Unit Coordinators are responsible for reading doctor’s orders for patient treatments, medications and tests and accurately relaying those orders to the appropriate department.
The Health Unit Coordinator is responsible for performing clerical tasks with emphasis on customer service on the nursing unit including answering the telephone, operating the computer, assisting visitors, filing, and maintaining patient records.
Health Unit Coordinators must be able to complete detailed tasks with a high degree of accuracy, while working in a busy environment. They must be self-motivated and conscientious to complete work independently and be able to solve problems logically. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. All health care workers must have a high degree of ethics in maintaining the confidentiality of patient information.
The Nursing Station Technician Certificate program is designed for Health Unit Coordinators who wish to acquire the necessary skills to assist nurses with hands-on patient care. Students must have completed the Health Unit Coordinator Certificate program first. This program will provide training in the basic nursing assistant skills in the laboratory setting and a clinical experience in a long term care facility. Graduates of the Nursing Station Technician Certificate program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program test (NNAAP) /Home Health Aide test to be placed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.