Patient Care Technician


Upon completion of this program, graduates will possess the skill and hands on experience need to become entry level Patient Care Technicians, utilizing patients care skills in a variety of healthcare settings. The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare students in all of the relevant aspects of patient care including personal care, physical comfort, diagnostic testing specifically electrocardiography, phlebotomy, home health care needs, providing post operative care, geriatric care and other critical functions. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work at the entry level in hospitals, home health agencies, clinic, laboratories and other healthcare settings. Upon completion of this program students will receive a diploma. Student may begin working in their field of training as soon as their diploma is received. The program also contains the Nursing Assistant / HHA curriculum which will qualify the students to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam upon completion of the program.

Entrance Requirements or prerequisites

The student must have a High School Diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED). Students who do not have a High School Diploma, or who have not passed the General Education Development (GED) Test, but are beyond the compulsory age of education in the State of Florida, and who have demonstrate that they posses Ability to Benefit (ATB) from the training offered must pass the ABT exam with a minimun score of 15/30 for the Scholastic Level IV entrance exam.


2 Terms - 28 CR/HR, 900 CO/HR + 30 outside works COHrs., 45 Weeks.

Program Outline  
PCT1001Nursing Assistant Procedures23030603
PCT1002Medical Language23030601
PCT1003Structure and Function of the Body I23030603
PCT1004Structure and Function of the Body II23030603
PCT1005Nursing Fundamentals I23030604
PCT1006Nursing Fundamentals II23030602
PCT1007Nursing Skills and Techniques23030603
PCT1008Home Health Aide-, The Geriatric Population Nutrition23030603
PCT1009Rehabilitation and Restorative Care23030603
PCT1010Basic Emergency Care- HIV/AIDS23030602
PCT1011Principles of Electrocardiography23030601
PCT1012Principles of Phlebotomy23030602
Program Fees  



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1 - Books and supplies are purchased by the student

2 - This program requires 30 clock hours of outside work

Course Description  

PCT1001-Nursing Assistant Procedures

This course concentrates in the concept of teamwork, time management, reporting, recording’s
ethics and laws, end-of-shift report, safety and comfort, communication skills, and dealing with
conflicts. Students will learn Federal and State laws as well as Agency policies to define the
rules and functions of each health team member such as right and wrong conduct, legal limits,
laws job description, and protecting patients and residents from harm.

PCT1002- Medical Language

This is an introductory course to the field of Medical Terminology, including basic word structure
and the use of medical and technical dictionaries. Students will identify component parts
of medical terms, analysis and reconstruction of terms with emphasis on spelling, definition
and pronunciation. Students will learn introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and
symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

PCT 1003-Structure and Function of the Body I

This course offers an introduction to the structure of the body including cells and tissues, organs
systems, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, and digestive systems. Students will learn
about diseases that are frequently first diagnosed and treated in the Medical Office setting.
Students will have a basic understanding of how the body is built and how it functions so they
are able to give a safe and efficient care to the patients.

PCT 1004-Structure and Function of the Body II

This course is an introduction to the structure of the body including the respiratory, urinary,
reproductive, and immune systems. Students will be introduced to new vocabulary words used
to describe specific location of a structure, an organ, and relative position of one body part to
another. Students continue learning about diseases frequently diagnosed and treated in the
Medical Office setting.

PCT1005-Nursing Fundamentals I

This course will be covering different nursing techniques: Body mechanics, bed making, wound
care and, heat and cold applications. Student will learn body mechanic means by using the
body in an efficient and careful way, bed making as an important function to avoid body injuries,
wound care to prevent infections or any further injury and state laws related to it, and heat and
cold applications to promote healing, comfort and reduction in tissue swelling. Legal principles
affecting the nursing assistant will be also covered in this course.

PCT1006-Nursing Fundamentals II

This course will introduce students to different nursing areas: Surgery, terminal illness,
diseases, and basic needs for babies and mothers. Students will learn the different reasons
why surgery is performed; differences between curable and non-curable illness and disease;
and other than physical needs for babies. This course is a continuation of Nursing Fundamental
I (PCT1005) in which the nursing assistant is required to participate in role playing and group
assignments to reinforce techniques already learned pertaining to patient care. Students must
take and pass Nursing Fundamental I (PCT 1005) in order to take this course.

PCT1007-Nursing Skills and Techniques

In this course students will learn about vital signs and the three body essential process for life:
body temperature, breathing and heart functioning. Students will be able to accurately measure,
record and report vital signs. Legal and ethical responsibilities as a patient care assistant will
also be covered in this course. The students will learn specific techniques in how to care for a
patient following proper guidelines already learned.

PCT1008-Home Health Aide-The Geriatric Population, Nutrition

This course covers HHA laws, limitations in patient care, personal hygiene, grooming, and
other important aspects of patient care. Students will learn about the different problems and
diseases affecting seniors as well as proper nutrition. Student will learn nursing procedures
to meet patient’s hygiene needs, Role responsibilities and ethical standards, developing
effective communication skills, Understanding differences: Individuals, families, and Cultures,
Understanding human development and age-related health problems and late adulthood, and
Caring for the client who is terminally III.

PCT1009-Rehabilitation and Restorative Care

This course focuses on key terms and abbreviations, how rehabilitation and restorative
care involve the whole person, complications to prevent, common reaction to rehabilitation,
prosthesis, disability, restorative aides and restorative nursing care. Students will be introduced
to the disability aspect of the human body. Student will learn the nursing process to promote
exercises and activity in all patients.

PCT1010-Basic Emergency Care-HIV/AIDS

This course will emphasize in emergency care, defibrillation, adult, child and infant CPR, rescue
breathing and epilepsy. Also, the rules of emergency care, in dealing with sudden cardiac
arrest, hemorrhage, shock, seizures, burns, fainting, and emergency care for stroke patients.
Also, HIV/AIDS. Students will learn what to do in case of an emergency. Infections as a major
safety and health hazard will also be covered in this course and Cause, spreading, precaution,
prevention, and transmission of infections.

PCT1011- Principles of Electrocardiography

This course details the path of the blood through the heart. The conduction system of the heart
and the components of the E.K.G. cycles are studied. Techniques of electrocardiography
standardization and the procedure for recording and mounting a standard 12 lead
electrocardiogram are also studied.

PCT1012-Principles of Phlebotomy

Students will learn about current phlebotomy practice, infectious diseases and their preventions.
Phlebotomy equipment usage, procedures for venipuncture, special collection procedures, and
phlebotomy's complications are also studied.

PCT1014 Externship

The Patient Care Tech Externship gives the student the opportunity to perform in a medical facility, and to become more familiar with the day-to-day situations and procedures that occur. The following outline will give insight into the training the student has received. Please give the student the opportunity to perform as many of the procedures as possible.

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