Hospital Unit Coordinator

Hospital Unit Coordinator

Hospital Unit Coordinator - Fall 2022

Become part of the health care administration team, working in a fast paced, demanding and rewarding environment. This non-credit, blended format program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills required to work in the medical administration field. The focus is on preparation for employment as a Hospital Unit Coordinator hospitals and other medical settings. The program will also benefit staff currently employed in the medical field who require cross training, professional development, or retraining.

Career Opportunities

The Hospital Unit Coordinator (HUC) performs a variety of non-clinical tasks at the communication center at the nursing station of a hospital, continuing care center and other medical facilities.  The role is also referred to as Nursing Unit Assistant or Hospital Unit Clerk.

The Hospital Unit Coordinator Certificate Program prepares students for the following positions:

  • Surgical Procedures Booking Clerk
  • Patient Placement Clerk
  • Nursing Unit Assistant, Residential Services
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator
  • Admitting Clerk
  • Bed Control Clerk - Patient Registration
  • Booking Clerk & Modality Assistant - Medical Imaging
  • Clerk - Reception & Image Service Centre - Medical Imaging

Program Content

The program consists of the following courses:

  • Orientation & Skills For Student Success
  • Hospital & Unit Communications
  • Non-Clinical Pharmacology
  • Unit Coordinator Procedures & Observation
  • Observational Practicum
  • Unit Coordinator Practicum

Course Delivery

Courses are offered on a full-time basis starting in September with a combination of online and face-to-face classes. 

The practicum is individually scheduled during the last month of the program. Practicums will be held face-to-face and may be located across Vancouver Island. We do our best to place you in your "home", or preferred, location.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology (OSME 002) within the last 2 years, or equivalent. Next online course runs from January 10 - April 24, 2022.  Click here to register for section S22W01.
  • Keyboarding speed of 50 cwpm or greater
  • Computer Skills: successful completion of computers course or a letter that details computer systems and programs that you use and know. Basic computer literacy is required. If you have not recently taken an introductory computer course but are comfortable using computers, please provide a letter outlining the programs you can use, your capability of setting up files and sub-files, saving and printing documents, performing internet searches, etc.

Proof of the following must be provided well in advance of the first day of practicum.  It is recommended that you complete these requirements before the first day of the program.

  • Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Flu, Negative TB screen, Tetanus & Diphtheria, Polio, Chickenpox (Varicella), Flu Vaccine and other immunizations as set out by the Island Health Authority). See Immunization Requirements
  • A satisfactory Criminal Record Check. 
    • Criminal Record Check for working with children and / or vulnerable adults must be requested through VIU; a check through RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirement. A form will be sent to you for your completion.  Present the completed form along with the processing fee to the cashiers in Building 200.  The cashier will stamp the form and direct you to Registration, where you will present the form along with two pieces of government-issued ID.  Registration is open M-F 8:30am-3:30pm. Please note it may take up to 6 weeks to process.
  • HSPnet Student Consent form.  Please note students who have a previous relationship with Island Health (i.e., an Island Health email address) must let us know. 

Admission Assessments

To meet the Keyboarding admission requirement, or for any other assessments you may need, please contact VIU Student Affairs Assessment and Exam Invigilation Services.   Assessments are available at Nanaimo, Powell River and Cowichan.

Important Program Dates*

Schedule is subject to revision.

Description Date
Admissions Open / Applications Accepted March 1, 2022
Information Session Please contact us at with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. See below for Information Session details.
Application Deadline** June 15, 2022
Registration Deadline & Non-Refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due August 19, 2022
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) August 19, 2022
Program Start September 26, 2022
Program End December 16, 2022

*Dates are subject to change

**Applications must be submitted with all required documentation.  If pre-requisites are in-progress, conditional acceptance may be granted as long as courses / assessments are completed before program start.  Late applications will be considered if seats are available.  

Program Fees

Tuition and fees subject to final approval

  • Tuition: ~ $5,100.00
  • Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.85
  • Student Union Fees and Student Activity Fees: ~ $300
  • Textbooks: ~ $300

This program is eligible for students loans. For more information, please see Student Financial Aid & Awards

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all six courses in the program in order to be eligible for the program certificate.

Students are required to attend all scheduled lectures, observations, examinations, and practicum hours.  If you do not meet the attendance requirement, you may not qualify for the program certificate.

How to Apply

It's fast and easy to Apply Online.   

An application fee is required.

Useful Links

Contact Information

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact us!

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant,
Professional Development & Training (H&HS)

Information Session:

Attend an Information Session via Zoom on Thursday, April 7, 2022, beginning at 6:30 pm. Details here:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Password: 120821
Meeting ID: 618 5822 6217

Or join by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        Canada: +1 647 374 4685  or +1 647 558 0588  or +1 778 907 2071  or +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799  or +1 587 328 1099
    Password: 120821

International numbers available:

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 26, 2022
Accepting International Applications
Application Fee
Accepting Late Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Donna Kist
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2526

Area Secretary Contact

Name: Deirdre Godwin
Phone: 250-740-6322

Coordinator Contact

Name: Karen Blackman
Phone: 250-740-6327

Documentation Deadline

Document deadline:  June 30, 2022

Fees due: August 19, 2022

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