Patient Care Technician Certificate (PCTC)
38/39 Semester Hours
The Patient Care Technician Certificate is designed to prepare individuals for employment in three entry-level positions in the health care area. This certificate will provide a foundation in safe basic patient care, basic phlebotomy, basic cardiac care, basic anatomy and physiology, health care careers, communication, soft skills, health care technology computers, and health care career pathways anatomy and physiology.
About Program and Eligibilities
The Patient Care Technician Certificate is a three semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) program. To progress in the program to the next semester, students must successfully complete all courses in the previous semester with a grade of “C” or higher and are eligible for the following:
- Upon successful completion of the first semester, the student will be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. Once the student completes this exam and is listed on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry, the student will be able to seek employment as a Certified Nursing Aide in South Carolina.
- Upon successful completion of the second semester, the student will be eligible to take the following credentialing exams: Certification of Phlebotomy Technician – CPT (American Society for Clinical Pathology) examination and/or Registered Phlebotomy Technician – RPT
(American Medical Technologists). The student will be able to seek employment in hospital settings, clinical facilities, and physicians’ offices.
- Upon successful completion of the third semester, the student will be eligible to take the EKG Technician Certification (CET) exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The student will be able to seek employment performing ECGs and monitoring individuals for any type of cardiac involvement in a health care setting.
- Upon successful completion of all three semester courses, the student will be eligible to take the National Certification exam for Patient Care Technicians from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
- Students will develop basic nursing skills required of nursing assistants in skilled health care settings, such as activities of daily living, vital signs, eating, elimination, and safety measures.
- Students will develop the basic skills necessary to perform phlebotomy procedures utilized in hospital settings, clinical facilities, and physician’s offices.
- Students will develop the basic skills necessary to perform ECGs and to monitor patients for any type of cardiac involvement in a health care setting.
- Students will develop patient care skills required of nursing assistants, phlebotomist, and EKG and/or ECG technicians.
- Upon completion of all required courses in semester 2 to include the Phlebotomy courses, student will be eligible to take the Certificate of Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or American Society of Certified Pathologist (ASCP) Examination. Successful completion of all semester 2 courses is required to proceed to semester 3 of the PCT program.
Instructional delivery will include but not limited to the following teaching methods: traditional classroom, online learning, hybrid/blended learning, hybrid simulation, virtual reality learning, and clinical rotations.
- Students must meet the general admission requirements and graduation requirements for all Health Sciences students listed at the beginning of the Health Sciences program section of this catalog.
- Qualified applicants must have completed all developmental and prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, Mat 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.
- Applicants will be accepted as they submit completed applications to the program manager until all seats are filled.
- Qualified applicants must submit completed physical examination forms provided by the Health Sciences Division and proof of up-to-date vaccinations by the designated deadline. Physical examination should demonstrate that applicant is free of any physical or emotional health problems that would interfere with the ability to safely perform all duties. Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly encouraged due to the potential exposure in the Clinical/laboratory setting. Students who choose not to be vaccinated will be required to sign a waiver.
- Qualified applicants must submit results of annual tuberculin skin test (PPD), and current CPR (Health Care Provider). Online (Health Care Provider) certification/recertification will not be accepted.
- Students must submit information and fees for background checks and toxicology screenings by the designated deadline conducted through CastleBranch Credentials.
Progression Standards – After Program Entry
After admission, failure to meet the following progression standards will result in suspension from the program.
- Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 program GPA on program curriculum courses at Central Carolina Technical College in order to progress.
- Students must earn a minimum of a “C” or higher in each required curriculum course for the program.
- Students must successfully complete all components of a course (theory and clinical) in order to pass the course. Students who fail to complete a component will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the time in the semester and are not eligible to receive a “W” or “WA” through the withdrawal process.
- Students must successfully complete all program curriculum courses with a grade of “C” or higher. If a student completes a course with less than a “C”, the course may be repeated one time only. Students repeating a course will be allowed in the course the next time it is offered if there is available space.
- Students must maintain current CPR (Health Care Provider) and annual tuberculin skin test (PPD) to remain in the program.
Continue Education Track
Continue Education students with successful completion and received Continue Education Units may be eligible to enroll in the PCT program. Approval of transfer credit from CEU to a college credit course must meet the following criteria:
- Obtained and present a Continue Education Unit Certificate of Completion
- Dean of Health Sciences review and approval of Continue Education Units received
- South Carolina State recognized Certificate Award and Registry and/or A Nationally recognized Certificate Award and Registry.
This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.
The following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:
|COL 105 Freshman Seminar||3||0||3|
|AHS 102 Medical Terminology||3||0||3|
|AHS 105 Medical Ethics and Law||2||0||2|
|NUR 102 Basic Nursing Care Skills (long term care)||2.5||2.5||4|
|AHS 131 Computers in Healthcare||3||0||3|
|AHS 141 Phlebotomy for Health Career Provider||3||0||3|
|AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum||1||12||5|
|BIO 110 General Anatomy and Physiology||3||0||3|
|BIO 112 General Anatomy and Physiology||3||3||4|
|AHS 165 ECG Applications||2||9||5|
|AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications||2||6||4|
|AHS 119 Health Careers||3||0||3|
This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science.