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Patient Care Technician

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The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as entry level Patient Care Technicians under the supervision of a Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurse, and Physicians. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for acute and long-term care settings. The program includes cross training in specialization skills, Electrocardiogram interpretation and phlebotomy.  It is this cross training which distinguishes a Patient Care Technician from a Nurse Assistant.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take both the CDPH Nurse Assistant competency written and skills examination for State certification plus NHA PCT Examination. These examinations are optional. The California State does not require a PCT certification for this role.

Program Description: The PTHC Patient Care Technician program consists of 2 sections.

Section I: This section has 16 Modules covered in a total of 157 hours consisting of 55 hours of class theory, 2 hours of skills lab and 100 hours of clinical skills in a skilled nursing facility. Each of the 16 Modules is comprised on content which builds upon each other.   During this section, the PCT learn the role of Assistant Nursing, which is a major core in PCT practices. The PCT learns the provision of basic nursing care which is described in the first 16 modules.

Theory and Skills lab are completed prior to joining clinical Externship.  The Program Starts with Module 1 and progresses sequentially through Module 16 over a period of 6 days. Upon successful Completion of the theory portion, which entails a minimum score of 70 % in each module examination (grade C=2.0 points) students advance to the clinical site.

Successful Completion of Theory and Skills lab is a prerequisite to advancing to clinical externship.  Clinicals are scheduled to be completed within 10 days. To successfully complete the clinical portion, students must get an S (satisfactory) in all areas of clinical skills performance.

Section II: The section is comprised of specialization skills which are not included in the Nurse Assistant skills. This section consists of 2 Modules; Module 17 and Module 18.  Module 17 consists of 15 hours of theory and 3 hours of skills lab. This is done over a period of 6 days.  Module 18 Consists of 4 hours of theory and 2 hours of skills lab.

To register for a class please contact

90 W. Grand Blvd. Suite 107>
Corona, CA 92882
Office Phone: 951-734-1601
Fax: 951-734-1602

14340 Elsworth Street Suite B-108/109
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Office Phone: 951-656-4400
Fax: 951-656-4402

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