The Patient Care Technician degree certificate program prepares a student for employment as a Patient Care Technician or to choose a pathway for entry into the nursing program. The Patient Care Technician works alongside other health care professionals to provide hands on assistance to meet patient’s basic needs. Earning your NCCA-accredited allied health certifications demonstrate your knowledge, dedication, and professionalism in your field. The graduate will have opportunities for employment in health care facilities such as hospitals, home health agencies, community health agencies, clinics, physician offices, and laboratories.
The Patient Care Technician program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Information can be obtained at http://www.nhanow.com. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to sit for the NHA Patient Care Technician/Assistant certification exam. The graduate will also be eligible to sit for the NHA Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician certification exams. Certification exams offered through NHA are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills to safely perform patient care within the scope of practice of the designated role within the health care team.
- Utilize effective communication techniques and proper medical terminology when interacting with a diverse patient population and other members of the health care team.
- Demonstrate infection control practices per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and facility guidelines when providing patient care within the designated role.
- Comply with legal, ethical, and professional standards within the designated role when performing patient care.
Application to Program
The Nursing and Health Sciences programs have limited enrollment and a selective review process. Students requesting admission to the Patient Care Technician Certificate program must first meet the requirements for general admission to the college, including satisfactory scores on placement tests.
In addition to meeting all general admission criteria for the college, students must complete a separate Nursing and Health Sciences application and provide an official copy of their high school transcript or GED and any prior college transcripts. Applications to the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program are available in the Health Sciences Division office or can be downloaded here:
Additionally, the applicant must be able to engage in educational and training activities in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others, be of good moral character, and have no history of felony conduct or convictions.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for the PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
- Be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
- Completion of Math 101 by placement exam or credit
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative college or high school GPA