PCT's play an important function as members of the healthcare team. The program is designed to educate and train individuals to function as nursing support personnel and by the virtue of their training, they are placed above the level of certified nursing assistants, but below the level of vocational nurses. While nursing assistants work primarily in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, patient care technicians also work in hospital settings. Essentially, they are trained to support the nursing team by performing duties that may be safely and legally delegated to them by the nursing staff.
Also, students receive special training in the areas of principles of infection control, cross-training in basic health care skills, ethical and legal concepts and changes in various body systems. Students are trained to observe the safety rules, activities of daily living, vital signs, professionalism, and communication skills. Topics like death and dying (grief and loss concepts) and consideration of growth and developments are all covered in the PCT training.
And above all, both lecture and skill laboratory practice are used to prepare students to meet the objective. Skills such as foley catheter care, the collection of specimens, enemas, colostomy care, sterile dressing changes and vital signs are covered. Basic phlebotomy skills, blood glucose monitoring, and EKG training are all parts of the patient care technician training. A total of 128 clock hours of practical training helps equip students with the knowledge to administer basic nursing care to patients of all age groups.
The patient care technician (PCT) is a three-month program.
The $1,800 includes uniforms and books. A $200 deposit will be required at registration and the remaining balance can be made in payments up until graduation.
Class Start Dates:
Nov. 4th and Dec 2nd will be the last two start dates for 2019. The first start date in 2020 will be held on Jan. 6th.
Morning Classes: 9 AM to 1 PM.
Evening Classes: 5 PM to 9 PM
To be accepted, applicants for the Patient Care Technician Training Program must:
• provide proof of completion of 8th Grade (transcript, diploma, home-schooling affidavit or other official documentation indicating completion of 8th grade or 8th-grade equivalent)
• provide proof of being at least 16 years of age (drivers license)
• not be listed as unemployable on the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) and
• not have been convicted of a criminal offense listed in the Texas Health and Safety Code §250.00