Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program encompasses certifications as a CNA and Phlebotomist. Along with those classes, students take additional healthcare coursework to complete 21 credits and graduate with an academic certificate. (In order to be eligible for national certification, students must take an EKG course - this is not provided as part of the PCT program.) The program is a combination of lecture and practical exercises in a simulation laboratory and actual clinical settings.

The PCT program prepares a student to work in an entry-level position in a clinic, hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility. This is a two-semester program and is financial aid eligible.

What to Expect

For CNA:

Classes are held throughout the week for a total of five credit hours. The first part of the program will be a combination of lecture and practical exercises in a simulation laboratory followed by 30 hours in a clinical setting. CCA provides the necessary classes to train as a nursing assistant and perform clinicals, and also prepare for the State of Colorado Nurse’s Aide Certification Exam.

For Phlebotomy:

Classes are held throughout the week for a total of six credit hours. The first half of the semester will be a combination of lecture and practical exercises in a simulation laboratory followed by 90 hours in a clinical setting. CCA provides the necessary classes to train as a phlebotomist and perform clinicals.

The other required courses in the PCT program each semester. Please check the CCA catalog for offerings:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Computers in Healthcare
  • Law and Ethics for Healthcare

Requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Prior to participating in clinical rotations, students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, drug screen, physician clearance, and show proof of specific immunizations
  • Purchase of approved scrubs, required textbooks and supplies
  • Note: Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks, immunizations, and physician fees required which are not included in the tuition.

English Competency – must display one of the following:

  • Successful completion of CCR 092 (with C or better) or equivalent assessment scores
  • English ACT of 18 or SAT of 440
  • Successful completion of ESL 043 & 053 coursework
  • College degree of AA, AS or higher

To enroll in the program: Students must meet with a Pathways Advisor located in the Student Services office on either campus for registration and to obtain the necessary paperwork.

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Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) 

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains a Patient Care Technician certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate basic patient care within the scope of practice.
  • Understand and apply relevant OSHA & HIPAA regulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate health information using different modalities to patients, family, and healthcare providers.

 

 

 

 

 

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