Health Unit Coordinator Certification

Pursue a career in healthcare by gaining the knowledge and skills needed for the Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC, CEHRS) credentialing exams.


18 Weeks






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In just 18 weeks, you’ll have completed four courses to introduce you to the health care facility environment and the various procedures performed by a certified Health Unit Coordinators.

When working in a healthcare facility, it is imperative that you’re able to speak and understand the language of medicine and have a fundamental understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology. Health Unit Coordinators may also be asked to transcribe doctor’s orders and update patient records. To address these job roles, you will complete a pre-requisite course covering these topics.

A HUC will also be called upon to work within a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) to perform audits, process release requests and to perform the basic collection of patient demographic and insurance information. To address these tasks, you’ll complete an Electronic Health Records course.

Hours Per Week

16 hours of study per week, on average

Job Growth​

Employment for health unit coordinators is expected to grow by 22.5% over the next ten years*

Potential Salary Range

$26,000 – $52,000*

*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Information

Programs may include courses such as:

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Unit Coordinating
  • Professionalism in Allied Health
Hardware Computer Requirements
  • Computer/Processor:
    • 2 GHz or above
    • Intel Pentium 4 or above
    • AMD Athlon 3800+ or above
    • 512MB RAM or above
    • Keyboard and Mouse
    • CD-ROM Drive
    • Network Card 100BaseT or higher
    • Sound Card/Speaker/Headset
    • Configured default printer
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Mac: OS X 10.5 or newer
    • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above

Software Computer Requirements
  • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above
  • We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for your internet browser if you have any issues with internet Explorer
  • Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution video adapter with 128MB VRAM and monitor. The latest versions Macromedia Flash player and Shockwave player plug-ins for Internet browser (Firefox doesn’t use plug-ins installed for IE)
  • Shockwave You may be asked to install Shockwave on your machine to facilitate your online training. Follow the steps to install Shockwave making sure to uncheck the box that states “Install Yahoo Tool bar”.
  • Active X If at some point you may be asked to install Active X, please do so.
  • Adobe Reader If you cannot open and read your transcript you will need to go to and download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

High Speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required
    Recommended Internet speeds:
    • Download speed of at least 25 mbps
    • Upload speed of at least 3 mbps
    • Ping response of less than 100ms

Coming in July 2023.  Students can enroll and study at their own pace.

Students enrolled in a structured Online workforce development program are required to engage in an academically related activity every week. If a student is absent for 10 consecutive calendar days, the students’ enrollment in the program will be terminated. A student whose enrollment is terminated for violation of the attendance policy may not re-enroll until the next cohort starts that offers the same course the student was scheduled. This provision does not circumvent the approved refund policy.

Certification Information

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC) exam and the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) exam.


Certified Health Unit Coordinator

Earning this national certification demonstrates to future employers that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as a Health Unit Coordinator.


Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist

This certification ensures that you understand how to properly handle patient health records.

PLEASE NOTE: You may be required to pass a drug test and or background check prior to employment in this profession. 

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