Hospital Unit Coordinator

6 Month Part-time Certificate Program

Become part of the health care administration team, working in a fast paced, demanding and rewarding environment. This non-credit, part-time 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 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 part-time basis over two semesters, starting in September of each year. 

Courses are typically scheduled for two evenings a week (i.e., 6:30-9:30pm) and one day on the weekend (i.e., 9am-4pm). 

The practicum is individually scheduled during the last month of the program.  Practicums may be located across Vancouver Island and 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
  • 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 prior to your first day of practicum.  It is recommended to complete these requirements before the first day of the program.

  • Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Flu, Negative TB screen, Tetanus & Diphtheria, Polio, Chickenpox (Varicella), and Flu Vaccine) - download form here: immunization_requirements.pdf
  • 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 Consent - download form here: HSPnet_Student_Consent_form.pdf.  Please note students who have a previous relationship with VIHA (i.e., a VIHA 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*:

The schedule for the next Hospital Unit Coordinator Program is yet to be determined.

Admissions Open / Applications Accepted TBA
Information Session Please contact Deirdre Godwin at with any specific questions, and she will be happy to respond. 
Application Deadline** TBA
Registration Deadline & Non-Refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due TBA
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) TBA
Program Start TBA
Program End TBA

*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: ~ $5000.00

Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.00

Student Union Fees and Student Activity Fees: ~ $300

Textbooks: ~ $300

As this program is part-time,  it is typically not eligible for student loans.

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.

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)


Phone: 250-740-6322

Last revised September 23, 2020

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Accepting International Applications
Application Fee
Accepting Late Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Alana Gaetz
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2071

Area Secretary Contact

Name: Deirdre Godwin
Phone: 250-740-6322

Coordinator Contact

Name: TBA

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