Health Unit Coordinator

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Admission Requirements

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Successful completion of admissions interview and testing for adequate entry-level skills
  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, and meet the minimum provincial age requirement
  • Two letters of reference regarding personal character
  • A recent, clear Criminal Records Check
  • Good command of the English language (written and oral)

Program Highlights

With an aging population, the tremendous advances in technology, and our demand for the best quality of life, the healthcare industry is facing a growing shortage of well-trained personnel. This program is designed to provide employment-ready, comprehensively trained graduates.

Successful graduates will achieve the CMAP® – Certified Medical Assisting Professional designation, in addition to their diploma. They are fully qualified to work in a hands-on administrative/clinical support capacity in any medical field, such as a unit clerk in a hospital nursing unit or outpatient department. Some of their tasks and duties would include:

  • Maintaining patient charts and transcribing doctor’s orders related to: surgery, patient activity and patient positioning, nursing unit observation, nursing treatment; dietary, medication, diagnostic imaging, laboratory (including recording of telephoned orders), admission, discharge, transfer, and post-mortem
  • Admitting, pre-op procedures, and hospital census recording
  • Patient scheduling including: bed, operating room, ambulatory, ambulance and community special services
  • Recording vital signs, ordering diets, ordering supplies, processing daily laboratory tests and filing reports, handling emergencies and special services
  • Administrative duties, including: knowledge of basic lab tests, ability to take vital signs and administer CPR/First Aid, knowledge of medical asepsis and infection control, assist with patient examinations, patient charting and health records, recording basic medical history, transcription

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings and occupations. Job titles vary per location, but graduates are an integral part of many healthcare settings, including:

  • Physicians’ offices, clinics, mental healthcare and allied healthcare centres
  • Walk-in care centres
  • Ambulatory clinics
  • Complementary and alternative medicine clinics (e.g., chiropractic and acupuncture centres)
  • Long-term and extended care departments
  • Medical research facilities
  • Medical laboratory and diagnostic imaging centres
  • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinics
  • Group homes and community living societies
  • Wellness and fitness centres
  • Hospital admissions and E.R. departments (e.g., switchboard, information, and patient registration)
  • Ambulatory and outpatient departments
  • Laboratory and x-ray departments
  • Medical finance and administrative departments
  • Booking and O.R. bed booking
  • Health records departments
  • Various hospital departments as a HUC


Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • HealthCare (Virtual)
  • Health Unit Coordinator Level 1
  • Health Unit Coordinator Level 2
  • Health Unit Coordinator Level 3


Thought Patterns for a Successful Career and Job Search & Resume Writing

  • Office Skills
  • Word processing
  • Database Management
  • Spreadsheets
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  • Anticipated salary:

    C$37,605 – C$64,536 (Information from PayScale Canada)

  • Program Duration:

    12 Weeks

  • Program Notes:

    Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

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