Academic Program

Patient Care Technician

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OBJECTIVE

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. Upon graduation the student will receive a Diploma.

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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

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.

  • PROGRAM LENGTH:

600 instructional clock hours/24 Semester Credit Hours. This program also requires 150 hours of ―Out-of-class‖ work during the program. The Student has 40 weeks to complete the program.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the morning shift and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the evening shift.

PROGRAM COST

Registration Fee: $150.00

Tuition: $7,350.00

Total: $ 7,500.00

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.

FACULTY MEMBERS

- Nidia L. Estremera
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Medical Doctor. University of Medical Sciences. Camaguey, Cuba.
Florida Registry of Medical Assistant. Registered Phlebotomy Technician.

- Magdalena Garcia
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Nursing Technician Graduate. Polytechnic Institute of Health. Holgui, Cuba Patient Care Technician Program. Interamerican Technical Institute Miami, Florida. Certified Nursing Assistant.

- Ana Maria Lopez
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Master of Science in Licentiate in Nursing Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana Patient Care Technician Yechanlaz Instituto Vocacional. Miami, Florida. Certified Nursing Assistant.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Number Title Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Extern. Hours Instruct. Clock Hours Required Out-ofclass work Hours
HSC-1230 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.5 60 - - 60 15
HSC-1240 Basic Medical Terminology 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
HSC-1250 Health Science Core 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
NA – 1350 Nursing Assistant Procedures I 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
NA – 1360 Nursing Assistant Procedures II 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
HHA-1430 Home Health Care Skills 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
PHL-1540 Phlebotomy Techniques 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
EKG-1640 Electrocardiograph Techniques 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
PCT-1740 Patient Care Assistin 2.5 30 30 - 60 15
PCT-1830 Externship for PCTn 1.5 - - 60 60 15
Total 24 300 240 60 600 150

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 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 PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN - 60 Clock hours


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.
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)