There is a professional association for this job based in the United States called the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC). Canadians can also join this association. You can find information on their website: http://www.nahuc.org
NAHUC has a video on YouTube that provides more information about the role of the Health Unit Coordinator. You can view it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0tnK8FzRHE
This is a clinical placement in an acute care hospital where students work under the supervision of an experienced NUC/NUA/HUC. Placement requests are sent to a hospital of the student's choice in their local area. Prospective hospitals are contacted by the College only; students are not to solicit placements. Every attempt is made to find a placement in the student's local area, but in some cases the student may be required to travel to another area.
Alberta Health Services can no longer accept out-of-province practicum requests so we are not able to request practicum placements in Alberta.
Students must meet health authority requirements (immunizations, criminal record check) in order for the school to request a practicum placement for them. Students are eligible for a work practicum after they have successfully completed all other mandatory courses. Students must receive credit for practicum before certification is granted. All health authorities in BC have mandatory online orientation for students and some also require computer system training.
Health authorities require students working on patient care units to have the immunizations for health care workers. Selkirk College’s Immunization Record (contained in the application package) lists all these immunizations and must be completed according to the instructions that come with it in order for an applicant to be accepted into the NUC program. You can find more information about immunizations for health care workers at the HealthLinkBC website: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/immunization-health-care-workers
Prior Learning Assessment
Applicants who are currently working or who have worked in the last two years in a NUC/NUA/HUC position are eligible to apply for prior learning assessment (PLA) for the NUC program to obtain their certification. Selkirk College’s PLA policy is that a student can apply for PLA for up to 75% of a program. Full tuition fees apply for courses obtained through PLA. For more information about PLA please contact the NUC Program Instructor, Erna McCall.