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Collin College Offers New Health Unit Clerk Course

Information Session to be Held Jan. 17

January 10, 2008 – Collin College Continuing Education and Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano have partnered to provide a new Health Unit Clerk Training course from March 24-May 15.

The course will be taught from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and includes 128 hours of classroom and 80 hours of clinical training, respectively.

Students interested in the new course should attend a mandatory information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

"Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano has expressed an interest in providing students this opportunity because Baylor utilizes unit clerks throughout the healthcare system," said Kelli Albrecht, Collin College Continuing Education healthcare program director. "A health unit clerk is a great career choice for someone who wants to work in healthcare and enjoys a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment."

The partnership with Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano allows students to preview the "day in the life" of a health unit clerk, while honing their classroom skills in a clinical setting.

A health unit clerk performs a range of clerical duties that support the operations of a nursing unit, such as greeting visitors, ordering supplies, assembling patient charts, answering telephones and entering patient information into the computer.

"One of the important parts of this program for students is doing their clinicals at the hospital so that they can really see what clerks do, to get a feel for it .see if this is something they really want to do," said Eileen Flanagan, RN, MSN Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano director of clinical education. "This clinical training assists a student to ready themselves for the unit clerk position and it helps get them a foot in the door of a hospital."

Upon completion of the training, certification is available through the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators and is strongly recommended to all students who intend to pursue a career as a health unit clerk.

"Most hospitals promote furthering your education so that you really get an idea of what's going on with patients and how the patient care aspect of a hospital works," Flanagan said. "It's very satisfying to work at a hospital."

To register for the information session, call 972.985.3711 or go to www.ccccd.edu/ce to review and complete a course application. For more information, call 972.599.3117.

Collin County Community College District (Collin College) serves about 44,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.