Indian Hills Community College, Roane State Community College and Collin College are some institutions that offer hospital unit clerk training online. Each program culminates in a degree or certificate of completion.
Training for hospital unit clerk, or hospital unit coordinator, differs between institutions. Each institution merely offers a series of preparatory courses that are prerequisites for potentially working as a healthy unit coordinator or sitting for the Health Unit Coordinator certification exam, which the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators oversees and administers.
Prospective health unit coordinators must complete a prescribed number of contact hours in an actual hospital setting along with relevant coursework. The online coursework for the Indian Hills Community College program consists of 10 classes spread over two terms, totaling 20 credits.
Some of the classes are directly related to the job description, such as the classes in pharmaceutical applications and medical terminology. Other classes are more general and consistent with a humanities core, such as composition.
The program at Roane State Community College is only two classes that amount to about six credits, as of 2015. However, Roane State Community College requires prospective students to be employed as health unit coordinators or in a related capacity before completing the program.
Collin College's program is an eight-week online course that specifically prepares students without prior experience to sit for the health unit coordinator certification exam.