Unit Coordinator

Program Description

Students will learn medical terminology by studing prefixes, suffixes, and word roots as well as medical abbreviations.  Students will also be introduced to body structures and functions and will learn how to transcribe physician orders, understand medication orders, communicate, and assist medical professionals in a varity of ways.  Students will complete 16 hours of on-the-job training at a local hospital which provides a valuable experience in a working environment.


The Unit Coordinator Program is a non-credit course.  Tuition is free, however students must pay for their own books, supplies, and a white lab coat.

Class Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday evening  6:00 to 8:50 PM 

Click here for a Unit Coordinator Orienation flyer 

What do Unit Coordinators Do?

Health unit coordinators work in hospitals, nursing homes, or other health facilities performing tasks that support patients, physicians, nursing staff, and other departments. They help to keep the facility organized and coordinate the communication between patients and medical staff. As a coordinator, you may greet and check in patients, schedule appointments and/or procedures, and perform clerical duties. Other days you might compile patients' charts, transcribe physicians' orders, and assist with birth or death certificates. Much of your work is performed under supervision of registered physicians or nurses. Other duties may include ordering medical records, ordering supplies, and preparing forms for admission and discharge of patients.


Prerequisities/Program Requirements

There are no prerequisties for this non-credit program. 

Students are responsible for the following placement requirements:

Current contracts with Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH):

  1. PPD skin test results OR chest x-ray report for a postive PPD OR a negative Quantiferon-Gold TB test within 6 months
  2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations OR serologic evidence of positive titers
  3. Varicella vaccination OR serologic evidence of positive titer
  4. Hepatitis B vaccinations OR serologic evidence of positive titers

Current contracts with Laguna Honda Hospital:

  1. Proof of medical insurance (copy of insurance card)
  2. PPD skin test results OR chest x-ray report for a positive PPD OR a negative Quantiferon-Gold TB test within 6 months
  3. Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination within the last 10 years
  4. MMR vaccinations OR seroligic evidence of positive titers
  5. Poliomyelitis (IPV) vaccination ONLY if recent travel to Asia/Africa OR documentation of childhood vaccination
  6. Hepatitis B vaccinations or serogoic evidence of positive titers
  7. Physical examination within 6 months

Students must also get a seasonal flu shot (October through March) and a H1N1 shot before they can intern at SFGH.