Patient Care Technology
The Certificate of Applied Science in Patient Care Technology 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 program is approved by the National Health Career Association (NHA). Information can be obtained at www.nhanow.com. At the completion of the program, the student will sit for the NHA Patient Care Technician/Assistant certification exam. In addition, the student will 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). Earning your NCCA-accredited allied health certifications demonstrate your knowledge, dedication and professionalism in your field.
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.
In addition to meeting all general admission criteria for the college, students must complete a separate Nursing and Health Sciences application as well as 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 click 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 a good moral character, and have no history of felony conduct or convictions.
1. Be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
2. Minimum 2.0 cumulative college or high school GPA.
*Students on the pathway to nursing are encouraged to take BIOL 107 and BIOL 108 in lieu of BIOL 109/109L.
• Complete 31 credit hours as outlined in the course of study.
• Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• Complete all courses in the curriculum with a grade of a C or better.
• Complete the NHA Patient Care Technician Certification Exam.
• Complete at least 8 credits hours at WVU Parkersburg.
• Optional: Completion of the NHA EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Certification Exams (at own expense).
• Complete and file the graduation application, in OLSIS, within the stated deadlines.
Certificate of Applied Science in Patient Care Technician
The patient care program prepares a student for employment as a patient care technician or to choose a pathway for entry into the nursing program. A patient care technician works alongside other health care professionals to provide hands-on assistance to meet patients’ basic needs.
What can I do with this degree?
A patient care technician works alongside other health care professionals to provide hands-on assistance to meet the patient’s basic needs. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to sit for the national certification exam. The graduate will also be eligible to sit for the phlebotomy technician certification and EKG technician certification. 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.
Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.