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Nursing Station Technician (BP/EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

The Nursing Station Technician diploma program is designed for Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) students who wish to obtain the skills necessary to assist nurses with hands on patient care and/or advanced administrative duties. A Nursing Station Technician (NST) is responsible for coordination of communications and procedures to the nursing unit, processing admissions, discharge and transfers, transcribing orders and updating patient records. NST’s work under the direction of a nurse to assist in delivery of patient care including personal hygiene, clients nutritional requirements, daily activities, monitoring of patient vital signs, transporting patients and equipment, setting up and maintaining patient rooms, reordering and stocking supplies.

The Nursing Station Technician is an important member of the professional health care team. NST’s provide a crucial role in disseminating communication throughout the nursing unit and assisting the nursing staff. The professional responsibilities include answering the telephone and intercom, initiating records for new patients, performing patient admission, transfer and discharge procedures, operating unit equipment, ordering daily diets and laboratory tests, scheduling diagnostic studies, recording patient data from departmental records into the patient’s record and ordering of unit supplies. In the work place, the NST communicates with various departments within the facility via the telephone, fax machine, pagers, pneumatic tube systems and computers

This program will include two clinical experiences. Required coursework will focus on practices and procedures, health care core concepts, processing of physician’s orders, communication skill development, team building skill development, medical terminology and Nursing Assistant skills.

Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to be detail oriented with a high degree of accuracy while managing the workload in a very busy environment. The NST should be able to solve problems logically and critically, be self-motivated, conscientious, flexible, and demonstrate good customer service skills. Health care workers are expected to protect the confidentiality of patient information, demonstrate a high degree of ethics, and exhibit professionalism.

Award Outcomes

Manage clerical duties on the nursing unit

Demonstrate team building and effective communication skills

Function as a member of the health care team

Demonstrate knowledge of medical terms needed to perform job duties

Operate unit equipment

Utilize computer software effectively

Exhibit professionalism

Differentiate between hospital departments

Perform patient care duties safely and effectively

Demonstrate skills and knowledge needed to process physician orders

Understand HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements

Career Opportunities

Positions are available as Health Unit Coordinators (HUC), Patient Care Technicians (PCT), Nursing Station Technician (NST) and Unit Coordinators (UC) in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, insurance companies and other healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) certification exam and the Nursing Assistant state examination.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 27 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HLUC1002Health Unit Coordinator Fundamentals

4

HLUC1020Medical Terminology

2

HLUC1061Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

3

HLUC1101Processing Physician`s Orders

2

HLUC1200Health Unit Coordinator Internship

3

HLTH2001Nutrition and Health

2

EMSV1020CPR/First Aid

1

EMSV1136Understanding EKGs

2

EMSV1155Phlebotomy Techniques

3

NAHA1002Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

5

General Education Required 9 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
CPLT1100Computer Essentials

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Diploma Credits 36

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
HLUC1002Health Unit Coordinator Fundamentals

4

HLUC1020Medical Terminology

2

HLUC1061Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

3

HLUC1101Processing Physician`s Orders

2

HLUC1200Health Unit Coordinator Internship

3

EMSV1136Understanding EKGs

2

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

EMSV1155Phlebotomy Techniques

3

HLTH2001Nutrition and Health

2

NAHA1002Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

5

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

Total Credits  16

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
CPLT1100Computer Essentials

3

EMSV1020CPR/First Aid

1

Total Credits  4

Graduation (36 Credits)

Criminal Background Studies: 

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care facility licensed by the State of Minnesota must have a background study conducted by the state.  Individuals with specified felony convictions are prohibited from having direct contact with children, patients, and residents of licensed facilities.  Anyone refusing to cooperate in the criminal background study cannot participate in coursework that requires direct contact with children, patients or residents.  Students who are disqualified from having direct patient/resident/child contact will not be able to participate in coursework which includes a practical experience.  Therefore, completion of coursework for the program major will not be possible without documentation of a cleared background study.

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.

 

3/31/2021 : BP 7308 / EP 7309