Hospital Unit Coordinator

We anticipate a full-time intake starting in January 2022 - watch this space for updates!

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 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 January with a combination of online and face-to-face classes in Nanaimo. 

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. Next online course runs from September 27th - December 17, 2021.  Click here to register for section F21W01.
  • 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), 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*

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

Description Date
Admissions Open / Applications Accepted June 1, 2021
Information Session Please contact us at with any specific questions, and we will be happy to respond. 
Application Deadline** October 20, 2021
Registration Deadline & Non-Refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due Within 3 weeks of admission offer
Balance of Tuition Due December 10, 2021
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) December 10, 2021
Program Start January 10, 2022*
Program End April 1, 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: ~ $4,984.92
  • Criminal Record Check Fee: $43.00
  • 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)

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 10, 2022
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: Karen Blackman
Phone: 250-740-6327

Documentation Deadline

Document deadline:  Nov 3, 2021

Fees due: Dec 10, 2021

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