Course Name
Patient Care Technician + Externship (including Voucher)

Contact Hours: 180

Course Description

Includes a voucher to take the NHA Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) national certification exam upon completion.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians/Assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require. As a Patient Care Technician, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals.
More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock. Needs vary from patient to patient, making it vital that the Patient Care Technician/Assistant has a diverse range of knowledge and skills to provide their basic care.
As the elderly population increases, healthcare facilities, hospitals and nursing homes have a great demand for qualified Patient Care Technicians/Assistants. Since this profession is needed in many practices, you may have a variety of opportunities available to you.

As a Patient Care Technician/Assistant, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

Externship Protocol

PLEASE NOTE the following caveat regarding all externships at this time: Due to COVID-19, Physical Externships may not be available.  If at the end of the online portion of training, a Physical Externship is not available due to COVID-19 guidelines, a Virtual Externship will be offered in its stead. Virtual Externships are consistent with meeting the certification guidelines and are reviewed by faculty or preceptors.

This practice will remain in place until the healthcare sites will allow students to attend with patients and practice skills. 

Please note: Course of study may be completed earlier than indicated.

National Association and Certification Exams
Graduates receive a certificate for completion of the program. Patient Care Technicians receive hands-on, real-world training from preceptors and instructors that are experienced in the patient care occupation. Students will be prepared for the National Healthcareer Association, Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) exam.

A virtual classroom is an online classroom that allows participants to communicate with one another, view presentations or videos, interact with other participants, and engage with resources in work groups. This option tends to be non-restricting, affordable, flexible learning, and accessible.

Assessment Tools:

•  Exams
•  Quizzes
•  Practical Experience
•  Online exercises
•  Lab Simulations

Required Book(s)
Students will receive access to all course materials: textbooks, supplies, and supplementary materials.

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