Patient Care Technician Certificate

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Because health care is changing at an unprecedented pace, new or varied approaches to patient care are emerging. One such approach is the use of multi-skilled individuals known as patient care technicians (PCT) who are a part of the health care team.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to work under the supervision of licensed professional personnel and alongside other health care providers in a variety of settings. Graduates will hold CNA certification and be qualified to sit for the National Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) exam, the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCCT) exam, and the EKG National exam (NCCT) at the completion of the course and prior to graduation. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care and assisted living facilities, hospice, home health as well as other healthcare facilities.

In addition to basic patient care skills, the PCT curriculum includes medical and surgical asepsis, basic anatomy and physiology, cardiac monitoring, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, clerical skills related to patient care and professional and interpersonal concepts. The program consists of classroom/lab instruction as well as supervised/preceptor clinical activities.

Diversity, challenge, autonomy, professional growth and flexible work schedules are just a few of many rewards which a PCT can enjoy. The patient care technician can experience personal satisfaction from providing a valuable service and develop strong rapport with patients and professionals. A Patient Care Technician certificate and certification can be the beginning pathway to other health care professions.

Program Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 25 students to begin in fall term. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Patient Care Technician program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a grade of C or better. Students may enter the college at any time to begin the specified program-ready courses. Once these courses have been successfully completed, a student may submit a Program-Ready Application to be considered for acceptance into a clinical semester. For more details about this progress, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session.

Program Location: Newberry

Contact Information: Kindel Atkins


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


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AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
AHS 145 Electrocardiography 2.0
AHS 163 Long Term Care 5.0
AHS 170 Fundamentals of Disease 3.0
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
AHS 139 Principles of Expanded Patient Care 3.0
AHS 176 Patient Care Clerical Principles 4.0
AHS 141 Phlebotomy 3.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
AHS 142 Phlebotomy II 2.0
AHS 175 Multi-Skilled Clinical Practicum 4.0
Total Credit Hours: 40.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Patient Care Technician Certificate requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 4/8/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The Patient Care Technician program is committed to the development of a multi-skilled health care provider. Through didactic and clinical experience the students will be prepared in the medical and surgical asepsis, basic anatomy and physiology, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, law and ethics issues.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care techniques in the hospital, rehabilitation facilities and laboratory settings.

  2. Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of skills related to Patient Care Technician

  4. Demonstrate proper adherence to patient confidentiality by following HIPPA regulations

  5. Apply the knowledge of medical law & ethics to the practice of Patient Care Technician 


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Advisement Information

• Completion of the Patient Care program requires three semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty-five students are accepted each year to begin in the fall semester.

• The Patient Care Technician program is offered at the Newberry Campus.

• Students will get national certification in EKG, Patient Care Tech and Phlebotomy.  Students will complete state certification for CNA in the first semester.  Students with current CNA certification will be awarded exemption credit for AHS 163. 

• Patient Care Techs will be prepared to work as health care unit coordinators as well as being prepared to perform EKGs and work as Phlebotomists.

Requirements for Program Entry: To be eligible to apply for program entry, student must have successful completion of Medical Terminology (AHS 102), English Composition I (ENG 101), and Contemporary (MAT 155) with a 2.0 GPA or better. It is recommended that students complete Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112) before program entry.

• AHS 102 Requirement: This program requires AHS 102, Medical Terminology. Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration. Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major. If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year. If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired. Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision. A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression admitted to the Patient Care Tech program. Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the Patient Care Tech program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The current cost of these screenings is $82.50, subject to change. 

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the Patient Care Tech program will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual two-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine required.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, licensure preparation, membership dues, and graduation fees.

Advisement Information updated 6/10/2014