Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Access Careers Patient Care Technician Program builds upon the basic Nursing Assistant skills to create a person with advanced skills. This is the latest movement in health care industry.Patient care technicians are trained professionals that take care of patients admitted in the hospitals and rehabilitation centers. These professionals work under the guidance of medical experts and perform various clinical, supportive, clerical and laboratory duties. Topics Include: EKG and Phlebotomy
The EKG portion is intended to train the students in understanding the techniques and operation of accurate EKG recording. It also teaches the basic principles of electrocardiography of the heart, recognizing wave forms, medical terminology and medical law. We encourage our students to take the national certification exam for becoming a licensed EKG Technician. Students will be taught the major internal and external structures of the heart as well as the major functions of the cardiovascular system.
The Program is broken down into the following components:
- Medical Terminology and Overview of Related Anatomy and Physiology
- Infection Control
- Theory of EKG
- Practice of EKG (Interpretation & Procedures on live subjects)
The Phlebotomy portion of this course is intended to provide the understanding of basic principles of blood drawing. The primary function of the Phlebotomy Technician is to collect blood samples from patients by venipuncture or micro techniques. The Phlebotomy Technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. A Phlebotomy Technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research. Students practice blood drawing on each other and sometimes on an artificial arm. You will study identification of color coded tubes, common sites of venipuncture and skin puncture, universal precautions, isolation techniques and handling the specimens for accurate results.
- Medical Terminology with an Overview of Anatomy and Physiology
- Infection Control
- Theory of Phlebotomy
- Practice of Venipuncture (Procedures of Blood Drawing on live subjects)
The healthcare industry is growing at a rapid pace creating plenty of job opportunities in Allied Health occupations. Many employers prefer and often require their workers to obtain certifications, they want to know that their employees are properly trained and qualified. Candidates who possess certifications provide that peace of mind. Certification indicates that you have met a nationally recognized measure of competency, demonstrates your commitment to your chosen profession, provide a competitive edge during the job search, may improve your potential earnings, career opportunities and advancement. We encourage all our graduates to certify with a third party agency to increase their professionalism. To enroll in the Patient Care Technician Program you must have a Certificate of Completion for a Nursing Assistant or Nurse Aid Program. After completing the 120 hr program students can take the certification exam to become a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
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