Health Unit Coordinator

This Health Unit Coordinator certificate is designed to prepare graduates for employment as a Nursing Unit Assistant, Unit Clerk or Health Unit Coordinator primarily in acute care tertiary and sub-acute hospitals. Graduates may also work in out/inpatient clinics, extended care, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to process physicians' orders, coordinate patient activities, and communicate effectively as a Health Unit Coordinator.

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Program Hours: The program runs Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with the exception of Clinical Practicum experience. Students will be advised of their practicum hours approximatey 2 weeks prior to practicum.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 2019, May 2020, January 2021 32 weeks Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Graduates of this certificate will have acquired the knowledge, skills and ability needed to:
  • Use Patient Information Management systems to process physicians' orders;
  • Apply information literacy skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and decision making in practice;
  • Liaise and collaborate with health care professionals when processing physicians' orders and managing admissions, transfers and discharges;
  • Practice professional communications as a member of a healthcare team with an attention to patient safety;
  • Identify and process diet, laboratory, diagnostic, medication, intravascular therapy and treatment orders;
  • Use effective oral, writing, listening and electronic communication skills;
  • Take initiative and responsibility to coordinate patient and unit activities;
  • Use organizational, time and stress management skills;
  • Apply Quality Improvement concepts in a healthcare environment;
  • Act safely, ethically and responsibly as a professional in a healthcare environment.

At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Upon acceptance, the following will be required:

  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program should be aware that some practicum placement in hospitals and schools may require completion of a Criminal Records Check indicating no relevant criminal record. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online.
  • Respiratory Mask Fit
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required
  • A completed immunization history form

Immunization in the following is strongly recommended, and may be required for placement in the program practicum:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza (required on an annual basis)

*An invite to attend an information session to take the entrance exam will be sent after proof of English Language Proficiency and Typing test are received.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, including reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Ability to work accurately with details and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent spelling skills
  • Ability to take initiative and handle responsibility
  • A caring nature and an interest in the well-being of others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Dependable, ethical and respectful
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under stress
  • Comfort and familiarity with basic functions of a computer, email and the internet
  • Good vision and finger/hand dexterity for operating office equipment
  • Flexibility to accommodate program and clinical practicum schedules
  • Ability to utilize a variety of computer software applications such as Windows Office, email and the internet
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of a health unit coordinator position, including standing for long periods of time

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,859
Student Union Fee $165
College Initiative Fee $82
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $328
Other Costs $40 - Graduation Fee
$115 - Campus Resource Fee
$500 - Books and supplies

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(HLUC 1100) Medical Terminology
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2.0 credits
(HLUC 1110) Professional Practice
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1.5 credits
(HLUC 1120) Admit, Transfer and Discharge
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2.0 credits
(HLUC 1130) Professional Communication
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2.0 credits

Term 2

(HLUC 1200) Physicians' Orders 1
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1.0 credits
(HLUC 1210) Physicians' Orders 2
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2.5 credits
(HLUC 1220) Physicians' Orders 3
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3.0 credits

Term 3

(HLUC 2300) Physicians' Orders 4
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2.5 credits
(HLUC 2310) Physicians' Orders 5
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4.0 credits
(HLUC 2320) Physicians' Orders 6
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2.0 credits
(HLUC 2330) Clinical Preparation
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2.5 credits

Term 4

(HLUC 2400) Clinical Practicum 1
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4.0 credits
(HLUC 2410) Clinical Practicum 2
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3.0 credits