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How to Become a Health Unit Coordinator: Education & Licensing

Discover what you’ll do in a health unit coordinator career.

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The Basics

  • What you’ll do: You’ll handle everything from maintaining patient charts and scheduling diagnostic tests to ordering supplies and transcribing doctor’s orders. You’ll also receive new patients and give information and directions to visitors. Because you’ll serve as an important link between departments, physicians, nursing staff and patients and their visitors, you’ll need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Where you’ll work: Hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, public health care agencies, nursing homes
  • Degree you’ll need: High school diploma plus 6-month to 1-year certificate or diploma program
  • Median annual salary: $37,350

Health Unit Coordinator Training

In addition to having your GED or high school diploma, you’ll need to complete a unit coordinator program, usually a 6-month to 1-year certificate or diploma program. In the training programs, students receive a combination of classroom and clinical training. You’ll learn clerical skills, medical terminology, hospital organization, legal and ethical responsibilities, and transcription of doctors’ orders.

Salaries by State

Compare median annual salaries for medical secretaries by state.

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National data

Median Salary: $37,350

Bottom 10%: $27,000

Top 10%: $54,600

Projected job growth: 9.5%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $34,850 $25,650 $50,590
Alaska $39,500 $30,070 $53,180
Arizona $36,830 $27,840 $49,860
Arkansas $35,210 $24,580 $49,150
California $44,310 $30,520 $65,190
Colorado $37,820 $28,500 $51,260
Connecticut $40,620 $32,370 $52,520
Delaware $36,310 $27,200 $49,510
District of Columbia $44,400 $33,810 $63,930
Florida $33,960 $26,080 $48,260
Georgia $36,960 $26,820 $53,710
Hawaii $44,370 $33,410 $52,820
Idaho $37,370 $27,110 $58,800
Illinois $37,210 $27,350 $50,970
Indiana $36,050 $27,010 $50,520
Iowa $34,810 $26,500 $49,050
Kansas $35,470 $25,580 $50,140
Kentucky $33,770 $24,030 $46,420
Louisiana $31,950 $23,190 $43,550
Maine $36,820 $27,630 $50,110
Maryland $39,490 $29,180 $57,250
Massachusetts $43,810 $33,290 $60,930
Michigan $35,430 $27,180 $46,290
Minnesota $42,460 $33,200 $53,200
Mississippi $29,430 $21,460 $41,900
Missouri $35,290 $24,490 $52,040
Montana $32,880 $25,230 $44,730
Nebraska $35,450 $26,740 $47,820
Nevada $37,720 $29,020 $53,690
New Hampshire $39,470 $31,020 $52,690
New Jersey $41,530 $31,100 $59,750
New Mexico $32,520 $24,030 $46,280
New York $40,680 $30,040 $58,260
North Carolina $35,500 $26,650 $47,720
North Dakota $37,340 $28,310 $52,300
Ohio $35,500 $26,150 $49,750
Oklahoma $33,570 $23,760 $46,780
Oregon $40,870 $29,630 $59,430
Pennsylvania $36,560 $27,230 $51,920
Rhode Island $41,290 $32,880 $58,140
South Carolina $33,390 $25,530 $48,770
South Dakota $38,180 $28,950 $50,020
Tennessee $31,700 $22,770 $47,360
Texas $34,590 $23,930 $49,990
Utah $35,880 $26,410 $50,760
Vermont $38,290 $29,970 $52,530
Virginia $38,430 $27,450 $57,120
Washington $45,610 $34,280 $61,000
West Virginia $31,530 $22,580 $46,340
Wisconsin $37,030 $29,410 $47,790
Wyoming $34,990 $26,370 $47,190

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2029. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Health Unit Coordinator Licensure

National certification is optional, but some employers may require it. After you graduate from an accredited unit coordinator program, you’ll qualify to sit for the National Health Unit Coordinator Certification Examination (NHUCCE). Successful completion results in the title of Certified Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC).

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Secretaries