The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Certificate program is an exciting opportunity for Certified Nurse Aides to advance their skills, earn a better salary, and have more job options in a changing work environment. PCT’s are valued members of many healthcare teams.They work in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, physician offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. Prerequisites: Current CNA, high-school diploma or GED *Note: Convicted felons may have difficulty finding employment in the healthcare field. May be eligible for WIA funds – contact CT Works.

The following 7 courses are included in the Patient Care Technician Program

1) Advanced Nurse Aide Skills
2) Phlebotomy for the PCT
3) EKG and Pulse Oximetry
4) Compter Fundamentals
5)Customer Service & Communication
6) BLS
7)Hospital Clinical Experience (optional)

Advanced Nurse Aide Skills – This 24-hour course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of the CNA program.  Participants will learn advanced skills, including wound care and dressing changes, respiratory procedures, colostomy care, and tube feedings, and pre-op/post-op care.

Phlebotomy Skills for the PCT – The art and science of phlebotomy is an important part of the role of many patient care technicians.  This 24-hour introductory course includes skin-puncture techniques, special collection procedures, legal ethical issues, safety concerns, infection control, and quality assurance.  Teaching methods include lecture and hands-on practice in a simulated lab setting, but do not include a clinical rotation. This course does not prepare you to be a phlebotomy technician.

EKG and Pulse Oximetry Skills – Learn the knowledge and skills to accurately obtain a 12-lead EKG and pulse -oximetry measurement.  Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and function, lead and sensor placement recigniton of nomal vs. abnormal readings and how to adapt to unuual patient situations will be taught.  This 12-hour course includes classroom and hands-on simulation lab experience. This course does not prepare you to be a certified EKG Technician.

Basic Life Support – Learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, perform CPR, manage foreign body airway obstructions, use bag-valve-masks (BVMs), and operate an automated external defibrillator (AED).  Successful completion of the BLS course results in a 2-year certification from the American Heart Association.