The Patient Care Technician program is designed to train students to function safely and effectively as integral members of the health care delivery team. In this multi-occupational program, students are cross-trained to perform a variety of healthcare functions, including among others, basic patient care, performance of electrocardiograms as an EKG Technician, or collecting laboratory specimens as a Phlebotomist.
The program is comprised of 11 modular units of learning, which combine theory and laboratory time, and 80 hours of Clinical Externship, which is completed after successful completion of the 11 modular units. During the Clinical Externship, students have the opportunity to observe and become part of a heath care team as they gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with other health care practitioners.
Graduates of this Program will be Eligible to Obtain Six Certifications:
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
- Home Health Aide (HHA).
- Trained Medication Aide (TMA).
- Certified EKG Technician (CET).
- Phlebotomy Certification.
- Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT).
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.
What Patient Care Technician do?
Patient Care Technicians or PCTs work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care environments. The responsibilities of a PCT include caring for injures, physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled patients. Normally, PCTs will check patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and temperature. Collect specimens for laboratory, and perform electrocardiograms. PCTs also monitor patients food intake, help to perform a physical exam, make sure that patients receive medications needed, change bedding, help patients bathe, shave or change clothes, and maintain the room properly sterilized. PCTs handle medical records and patient communication.
Where Patient Care Technician Work?
Patient Care Technician could potentially find employment opportunities at:
- Nursing Homes
- Assisted living communities
- Physician Offices
- Long-term or other medical facilities
- Specialty and urgent care centers
- Rehabilitation centers
Program Outline with Total Program Hours
Patient Care Technician
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|Course||Course Title||Theory Hours||Lab Hours||Externship Hours||Total Hours|
|PCT101||Overview of the human Body||60||22||82|
|PCT103||Foundation Patient Care||50||50||100|
|PCT104||Basic Patient Care Skills||50||50||100|
|PCT105||Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient||20||20||40|
|PCT107||Electrocardiography and Diagnostic Imaging||40||40||40||120|
|PCT108||Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques||40||40||40||120|