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The Patient Care Technician program prepares a graduate to work as an entry-level Patient Care Technician (PCT) in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, home health, mental health/psychiatric, and other health care facilities. Patient Care Technicians care for injured, physically and mentally ill, and disabled or infirm patients. They perform routine tasks under the supervision of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in monitoring the patient’s condition and providing basic patient care. The PCT plays a vital role in the health care delivery team since they often have more direct patient contact than any other team member including doctors and nurses.
Monitoring and recording vital signs – temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates
The Patient Care Technician program is a 24 week, 600 Clock Hour program, combining 400 hours of theory & practical hands-on medical laboratory training, and a 200 hour real-world externship experience that takes place in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility. Classroom theory includes Anatomy & Physiology, nutrition & feeding, admission/discharge/transfer of patients, charting, CPR, first aid, labor & delivery, care of pediatric patients, care of the chronically ill, and home health patients. Hands-On laboratory training includes vital signs, phlebotomy, EKG, obtaining & processing patient specimens, patient mobility, wound care, catheterzation, and many other basic patient care (CNA) skills. The course includes preparation for the state CNA written and skills tests.
Note: A criminal background check must take place prior to acceptance and enrollment in this program. Persons that are listed on the state’s Nurse Aide Revocation list are unable to enroll in this program. A student must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
For more information regarding this course of instruction and career opportunities please visit the Patient Care Technician Program disclosure page.