Certified Health Unit Coordinator (Voucher Included)

The Health Unit Coordinator is the central figure in a health unit. Learning management of information, communication, medical terminology, critical thinking, and cultural diversity will prepare you to work in a variety of health care settings.

In Medical Terminology you will learn not only medical terms themselves, but also their application. You'll start by learning the origins of medical words and how to recognize prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology. Then you'll learn about the...

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES170

What you will learn

  • Be introduced to the history of medicine and health unit coordination
  • Obtain knowledge in supplies and service management
  • Learn the importance of confidentiality and patient rights and responsibilities
  • Practice critical thinking, medical terminology, and the transcription of orders
  • Obtain knowledge in promoting a healthy environment and safety issues
  • Learn about the patient record and admission, transfers, and discharge

How you will benefit

  • Become ready to take the NAHUC certification exam
  • Prepare for a career as a health unit coordinator at a hospital, medical office, and various other health care facilities
  • Learn an assortment of medical terminology that will allow you to better communicate with patients and medical professionals
  • Master the legal and ethical skills needed to be successful in an office environment

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. Certified Health Unit Coordinator
    1. Orientation to Hospitals, Medical Centers, and Health Care
      1. Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating
      2. Overview of Healthcare Today
      3. The Nursing Department and Medical Staff
      4. Communication Devices and Their Uses
    2. Personal and Professional Skills
      1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
      2. Workplace Behavior
      3. Managing Techniques
    3. The Patient's Electronic Record or Chart
      1. The Patient's Chart or Electronic Medical Record
      2. Processing of Electronic, Preprinted, and Handwritten Doctors' Orders
      3. Patient activity, Patient Positioning, and Nursing Observation Orders
      4. Nursing Intervention or Treatment Orders
      5. Nutritional Care Orders
      6. Medication Orders
      7. Laboratory Orders
      8. Diagnostic Imaging Orders
      9. Other Diagnostic Studies
      10. Treatment Orders
      11. Miscellaneous Orders
    4. Health Unit Coordinator Procedures
      1. Admission, Preoperative, and Postoperative Procedures
      2. Discharge, Transfer, and Postmortem Procedures
      3. Reports, Infection Control, Emergencies, and Special Services
    5. Introduction to Anatomical Structures, Medical Terms, and Illnesses
      1. Medical Terminology, Basic Human Structure, Diseases, and Disorders

Anita Mills

Anita Mills is a health unit coordinator, instructor, and college advisor. For the past 15 years, she has taught Health Unit Coordination and Medical Terminology. In addition, she served on the Education Board of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators for four years and is currently the organization's Director of Certification. Mills has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication, as well as several certificates.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. 

The following digital textbook for the Medical Terminology are accessed via links in the lessons:

  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions (eBook)

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Health Unit Coordinator:

  • LaFleur Brooks' Health Unit Coordinating

Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, this course will prepare you to sit for the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) certification exam.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC)
The mission of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) is to serve as a standard of excellence for educating and certifying professionals in health unit coordinating. Health unit coordinators help all employees in a hospital, doctor's office, or other medical setting work together in an organized manner, and a certification in this field can set you apart from your colleagues. Demonstrate your commitment to delivering quality health care by enrolling in a Certified Health Unit Coordinator course that is certified by NAHUC.