» Health Unit Coordinator Program «
Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This course introduces the student to the role of a Health Unit Coordinator. A Health Unit Coordinator is a non-clinical member of the health care team and supports patient care with mainly clerical duties. Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating will focus on understanding the role within a hospital setting specifically looking at: a typical hospital organizational structure, various hospital departments and their responsibilities, and understanding the role of various medical staff; a comprehensive look at the department of nursing, a HUC's role within the department, and methods of patient care delivery; Identification of a variety of communication devices and their uses within the electronic environment; introduction to basic index and filing rules; the HUC as a profession and NAHUC as a professional organization; A brief overview of organizations such as Joint Commission, and the CDC will also be addressed in the introduction course for Health Unit Coordinators. In preparation for participating in the HUC internship, students will complete a required HIPAA module. (Prerequisites: None.) (3 C/6 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course will focus on the purpose of the patient's chart, identification of standard chart forms, and the Health care providers' responsibility regarding HIPAA Law and confidentiality. Time will be spent comparing the paper chart in contrast to the EMR. Students will learn to recognize, interpret, and transcribe all types of Doctors orders. Orders will include medical algorithms, protocols, order sets, free text orders, and CPOE. A comprehensive list of abbreviations used in Doctors orders and diagnostic procedures will be memorized and used appropriately throughout the course. Students will learn the importance of follow-through regarding Physician orders, which includes communication to various hospital departments and ordering supplies and equipment. (Prerequisites: Completion of or enrolled in HUC 1510 and HUC 1524). (3 C/6 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course will focus on various processes involved in the typical HUC role. These processes include completing and maintaining unit records and documentation regarding admissions, transfers, and dismissals of hospitalized patients; preoperative and postoperative procedures; recognition of available resources critical for independent problem solving; computer training unique to the health care environment; and Isolation procedures and standard precautions for infection control. Class time will also be used for internship planning and preparation. (Prerequisites: Completion of HUC 1510, HUC 1515 and HUC 1524). (3 C/6 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course will focus on the basics of interpersonal communication skills, with an emphasis on customer service, and professional telephone techniques. Professional/ethical issues and information such as advanced directives, the patient bill of rights, the grieving process, and dealing with death and dying will be addressed as they relate to the healthcare worker. Personal/professional preparation for employment will cover topics such as co-worker interaction, personal work habits, preparing a resume, interviewing and job advancement opportunities. (Prerequisites: None). (3 C/6 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course introduces the Health Unit Coordinator to commonly prescribed medications, pharmaceutical terms, systems of measurement, and medical abbreviations associated with medication orders and prescriptions. The HUC's role with medications will vary between health care facilities. (Prerequisites: None). (2 C/4 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom skills in a clinical setting. Experience will be gained in assisting with and independently performing the non-clinical tasks in a hospital setting that are consistent with the HUC role. Through the internship, the student will gain experience in completing processes and paperwork involved with admissions, transfers, dismissals, preop and postops, transcribing physicians' orders, maintain unit supplies, and communicate on a professional level with the healthcare staff. (Prerequisites: Completion of HUC 1510, HUC 1515, HUC 1516, HUC 1519 and HUC 1524). (4 C/20 hours/week for 8 weeks).
This course will introduce the HUC students to various computer applications utilized in a healthcare setting commonly used to perform daily routine tasks. These applications will include, but not limited to PARVISION for supply management, TeleTracking systems for bed management, Surgical List Viewer for monitoring the progress and coordinating the needs of surgical patients, Introduction to CPOE and Electronic charting applications such as MICS, Synthesis, and Chart Plus; Mainframe communication applications including OCS and HealthQuest; Communication applications such as Outlook and various intranet and internet based resources crucial to the healthcare environment. (Prerequisites: Completion of HUC 1510, HUC 1524, HUC 1515, HUC 1516, HUC 1519 and concurrent enrollment in HUC 1529). (2 C).