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PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The objective of the program is to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the health occupations areas and is designed to meet the need for cross training of employees in health care facilities. The student is trained for entry-level position in a variety of medical settings including hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other medical facilities. Employment opportunities include performing duties as nursing assistants, home health aide, patient care assistants, electrocardiograph aides, phlebotomist, allied health assistants, and patient care technicians. Students are eligible to take the state administered Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination, which is a requirement for employment.

Graduates are also eligible to take the National Center for Competency Testing certification exam for EKG technician, phlebotomy, and patient care technician. These certifications are not required, but enhance employment opportunities.

Patient Care Technician program is taught via a combination of lecture, practical exercises in the laboratory, and real-world situations in an externship environment. The 600-hour program includes, but it is not limited to, basic anatomy and physiology, related medical terminology, communication skills, ethical and legal aspects, infection control, nursing assistant procedures (including hospital settings), advance geriatric care, home health services, vital signs and safe clinical skills, medical records (charting and obtaining health histories), specimen collection, phlebotomy procedures, EKG procedures, and assistance with feeding and bedside care. The program includes 60 hours of clinical experience in a nursing home. Upon graduation the student will receive a Diploma and will be eligible to apply for the state licensing examination (CNA).

Upon completion of this program, the school will provide certificates to the student verifying that the HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Dementia Management and Patient Abuse Prevention, and Infection Control/OSHA requirements have been met.


Gainful Employment. PCT

PROGRAM COSTS:

Registration Fee:$    50.00
Tuition: $5,700.00
Total:$5,750.00
Others:*$0.00

*Costs of books, supplies, and uniform are included as part of tuition cost.

All prices for programs are as printed herein. There are no additional costs or supplies necessary for program completion.

PROGRAM LENGTH:


PROGRAM OUTLINE:

Course
Number
      

         Title                                                                                                                                          
Credit
Hours
Lecture
Hours
   
Lab
Hours
 
Extern.
Hours
Total
Clock
Hours
 
Required Out-of-class work Hours
HSC-1230Basic Anatomy and Physiology    2.5    60    -     -  6015
HSC-1240Basic Medical Terminology    2.5    30   30     -  6015
HSC-1250Health Science Core    2.5     30   30     -  6015
NA–1350Nursing Assistant Procedures I    2.5     30   30     -  6015
NA–1360Nursing Assistant Procedures II     2.5     30   30     -  6015
HHA-1330Home Health Care Skills    2.5    30   30     -  6015
PHL-1540Phlebotomy Techniques    2.5    30   30     -  6015
EKG-1640Electrocardiograph Techniques    2.5    30     30     -  6015
PCT-1740Patient Care Assisting    2.5    30   30     -  6015
PCT-1430Externship for PCT    1.5     -    -    60  6015
                                                 Total    24     300  240    60  600150

*Total Credit Hours includes the calculation for Total Out-Of-Class Work/Preparation.  

Courses are usually taken in this sequence; however, the school reserves the right to modify the sequence as needed.

Language of instruction: Spanish and English

Completion of the program with a minimum passing grade of “C” or 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation.

Total Credit Hours includes the calculation for Total Out-Of-Class Work/Preparation.

      PROGRAM CURRICULUM

HSC -  1230             BASIC ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY             

60 Clock hours

This course offers an introduction to the structure and function of the body including an overview of the cells and tissues, the nervous system and the sense organs, the endocrine, reproductive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, digestive, urinary, and integumentary system. Emphasis is given to the cardiovascular system and the blood components. Special topics include the disease processes that affect the human body and the normal aging changes of each system.

HSC - 1240              BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY               

60 Clock hours

This course will provide students with a basic medical terminology vocabulary for use in the health care setting. This course will consist of learning prefixes, suffixes, root words and combining words as they relate to each body system. Through this course, students review the medical terms commonly used in and around a doctor’s office, nursing home, or hospital to refer to procedures and body parts.

HSC - 1250       HEALTH SCIENCE CORE                                

60 Clock hours

Health Science Core introduces the student to the health care field including knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations; communication skills; ethical and legal aspects of patient care; and safety and security procedures including emergency situation response (CPR). An introduction to nutrition and hydration; human development; infection control and blood borne diseases, including HIV-AIDS; OSHA regulations and Standard Precautions;  guidelines for hand washing and wearing gloves; and uses of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are also taught.   Domestic Violence; Alzheimer’s disease and related Disorders; and Dementia Management and Patient Abuse Prevention Seminars are also given during this course (Certificates provided). A Career Development Seminar is included in this course. This seminar is designed to help the student prepare for entering the job market in the health field. Emphasis is placed on formulating a professional resume, rendering a successful interview, and job searching skills.

NA 1350              NURSING ASSISTANT PROCEDURES I

60 Clock Hours.

This course teaches tasks associated with personal care, tasks associated with maintaining mobility, and tasks associated with elimination. It includes: bathing, grooming, dressing, shaving, shampooing and caring for hair; assisting with oral hygiene and denture care; caring for the skin, feet, and nails; bed making and handling linen; ambulating, transferring, transporting, positioning, and turning; toileting and assisting with the use of the bedpan and urinal; and providing catheter care.

NA 1360             NURSING ASSISTANT PROCEDURES  II                 

60 Clock Hours

This course teaches basic nursing skills and tasks associated with restorative activities, including, but not limited to, measuring and recording vital signs, measuring weight and height, monitoring fluids intake and output, collecting specimens, procedures for providing care for geriatric patients, assistance with restorative and rehabilitative activities, performing range of motion exercises; performing supervised organizational functions following the patient plan of care, and other responsibilities related to the nursing assistant and patient care technician.

HHA 1430            HOME HEALTH CARE  SKILLS

60 Clock Hours

This course introduces the student to the home health services including the HHA’s role and the agency structure. This course teaches patient care skills specific to the Home Health Aide including, but not limited to, personal care procedures, basic nursing skills, procedures for providing care for geriatric patients, guidelines for assistance with self-administered medications, guidelines for special clients with special needs, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and home management and nutrition, including safe food preparation.

PHL - 1540       PHLEBOTOMY TECHNIQUES   

60 Clock Hours 

During this course the student is taught the procedures to perform blood drawing techniques such as finger sticks and venipuncture. It emphasizes the importance of proper patient identification, patient preparation for testing, and the steps in the venipuncture procedures. It also describes all the equipment and supplies needed to collect blood including the evacuated tube system, additives, color coding collection tubes, and order of draw for collecting multiple tubes.  The test request process, including the types of requisition used and the required requisition information, is also reviewed.

EKG - 1640      ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH TECHNIQUES 

60 Clock Hours  

This course teaches how to perform a 12 lead electrocardiogram including preparing a patient for EKG; use of medical equipment; identification of artifacts and other mechanical problems; calibration; and standardization of the electrocardiograph. An introduction to the use of the Holter Monitor and the treadmill stress test is also included. Recognition and interpretation of the cardiac cycle and normal EKG tracing and identification of basic abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac emergencies are also reviewed.

PCT-1740   PATIENT CARE ASSISTING                                         

60 Clock Hours

During this course the student is taught the organizational and effective team member skills in a hospital setting including effective communication with the health team and the medical record. Emphasis is given to assistive personnel responsibilities and limitations, including confidentiality issues and the reporting of elder, child, and domestic abuses. This course also includes assistance with physical examination; caring for mothers and newborns; caring for patients with developmental disabilities; assisting with pre-operative and post-operative patient care in a hospital setting, including skin preparation, wound care, and procedures for applying dressings; caring for patients receiving oxygen therapy; and heat and cold applications.

PCT-1830   EXTERNSHIP FOR PCT

During this course the student will spend time in a clinical setting where they will apply the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired in the classroom. Prerequisite: HSC-1250 (Health Science Core) and NA-1350 & NA-1360 (Nursing Assistant Procedures I and II).

Note:
Health Science Core does not have to be completed if the student has previously completed the Core in another health occupations program at any level.

Note:
The required HIV/AIDS course for this program is included in the course: HEALTH SCIENCE CORE  (HSC-1250).

Dementia Management and Patient Abuse Prevention
seminar is included in HEALTH SCIENCE CORE. (HSC-1250)



                     

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