Patient Care Technician Certificate (PCTC)

(CIP Code 513902)

38/39 Semester Hours

The Patient Care Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in three entry-level positions in the health care field. This program will provide a foundation in basic patient care, phlebotomy, cardiac care, anatomy and physiology, healthcare careers, communication skills, and healthcare technology.

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:

  • 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 Nurse 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).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the Patient Care Technician program, the graduate will be expected to:
    • Perform basic nursing assistant skills (as delegated by the nursing or medical staff) used in a variety of healthcare settings.
    • Demonstrate basic phlebotomy skills necessary to perform phlebotomy procedures used in a variety of healthcare settings.
    • Demonstrate basic EKG skills necessary to perform electrocardiogram (ECG) tests and cardiac monitoring on patients in a variety of healthcare settings.
    • Practice basic communication skills necessary to function as a member of the healthcare team.
    • Perform basic technology skills necessary to function as a member of the healthcare team.
    • Practice professional behaviors necessary to function as a member of the healthcare team.

Instructional Delivery

Instructional delivery will include but not limited to: traditional classroom, online learning, hybrid/blended learning, hybrid simulation, virtual reality learning, and clinical rotations.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Students 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.
  • Students must submit a completed physical examination forms provided by the Health Sciences Division. Students must be physically and emotionally qualified to safely perform and deliver patient care in clinical settings.
  • Students must maintain current documentation of health status (e.g., vaccinations, tuberculin skin test) per program requirements.
  • Students must maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification through the American Red Cross. Online 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.

 

Note: Students will be accepted as they submit completed applications to the program manager until all seats are filled. Students who have obtained a certificate of completion in any healthcare related continuing education training and/or currently listed as active on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry may be eligible to enroll in the PCT program.  Approval must be obtained from the Dean of Health Sciences.

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.
  • Student 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 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 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification through the American Red Cross. Online certification/recertification will not be accepted.
  • Must maintain current documentation of health status (e.g., vaccinations, tuberculin skin test) per program requirements.

Developmental Courses

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.

courses required to complete this program

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:

SEMESTER ICreditLabClass

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

AHS 102 Medical Terminology 303

AHS 105 Medical Ethics and Law 202

NUR 102 Basic Nursing Care Skills 44.52.5

124.510.5Total

SEMESTER IICreditLabClass

AHS 131 Computers in Healthcare 303

AHS 141 Phlebotomy for the Health Care Provider 332

AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum 5121

BIO 110 General Anatomy and Physiology 303

  OR

BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

14159Total

SEMESTER IIICreditLabClass

AHS 119 Health Careers 303

AHS 165 ECG Applications 592

AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications 462

12157Total

 

3834.526.5Program Total

 

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science

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Program Contact

Ardis, Mary Jo Dean, Health Sciences
  • Email: ardismj@cctech.edu
  • Office: H102B
  • Phone: (803) 778-7825
  • Fax: (803) 774-3033
  • Extension: 425