Patient Care Technician Curriculum

Patient Care Technician Curriculum Delray Beach Campus

Diploma Program
36 weeks
720 clock hours

Program Objective

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level advanced cross-trained nursing assistants (Patient Care Technicians). This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for acute and long term care settings. All courses must be satisfactorily completed in order to graduate from the Patient Care Technician program. A Patient Care Technician is strongly encouraged to become a CNA to practice as a PCT. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Patient Care Technician exam through NHA (not a state requirement). Human venipunctures and capillary sticks are performed in the lab. Phlebotomy procedures are practiced on training arms as well as human arms. The Certified Phlebotomy Technician examination may be taken through NHA when the applicable number of human venipunctures and capillary sticks have been obtained and documented by an instructor or employer. Phlebotomy certification is not a state requirement. Students that have completed the Nursing Assistant portion of the PCT program are eligible to make application to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Examination. A criminal record may keep a student from obtaining a license or certification in some medical programs. Therefore, a criminal record may affect the student’s ability to gain employment in the field of training.

Required Courses Clock Hours
HC101 Health Care and Body Systems 100
NA101 Articulated Nursing Assistant 80
NA102 Nursing Assistant Externship (prerequisite-NA101) 40
PC101 Home Health Aide 75
PC102 Patient Care Assistant 65
PH101 Phlebotomy (skill practice on training-arm no human venipunctures) 120
PC103 Electrocardiograph Aide 80
PC104 Allied Health Assistant 80
PC105 Patient Care Technician 80
Total Hours 720

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