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00003 PCT

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

The Patient Care Technician Program groups its program around the knowledge and skills required for total patient care in a clinical setting. The program concludes with an externship in a medical facility. 

As a Patient Care Technician, some of your duties include but are not limited to: Responding to patient calls and requests for assistance with, bathing, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, serving meals and more.

CERTIFICATIONS : CPCT, CCSP
ESTIMATED SALAR : $21,000–$67,000
 

Program Objective:

Our hands-on training and specialized courses will teach you how to:

  • Draw blood and insert intravenous catheters
  • Perform urinary catheterizations and nasogastric tube removal
  • Provide wound care, including the removal of sutures and staples 
  • Operate dialysis equipment and readjust treatment parameters as defined by protocols and patient prescriptions
  • Perform emergency room skills such as splint and cast immobilizations, crutch training, throat cultures, urinalysis and oxygen therapy 

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Entry requirements

G.E.D.

C.N.A.

Program Schedule

Didactic: 20 weeks (days) Six hours per day
Monday—Thursday 30 weeks (evening)
Monday-Thursday Four hours per (days)
Externship: 4 weeks day only Five days per week eight hours per day

Credit Hours (Semester) Calculations:

15 Hours of Lecture = 1 Credit Hour.
30 Hours Laboratory Work = 1 Credit Hour.
45 Hours * Externship or Clinical = 1 Credit Hour.

Program Duration

643 Clock Hours

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee (Non-refundable) $50.00
Tuition for PCT $3500.00
TOTAL $3550.00

*Books and National certification for PCT are included in tuition

*student must have a current CNA to do this program.

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Course structure and modules

PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

COURSE TITLE CLOCK HOURS
HS100 Law & Ethics 16
PCT101 Anatomy & Physiology 32
MA124 Hematology 96
PCT102 Specimen Collection Special Procedures 32
GE100 Medical Terminology 32
HS103 Human Relations 16
PCT104 Patient Data Documentation 32
PCT106 EKG Lab Skills 96
PCT103 Basic Nutrition 16
HS102 Career Development 16
PCT 100 Fundamentals of Nursing 99
PCT 205 Externship 160
  TOTAL 643

GE101 HUMAN BEHAVIOUR & MOTIVATION

This course is designed to help the student understand the importance of positive human relations in the medical field, learn different behavioral theories, apply positive interpersonal skills to work and personal situations, and provide techniques to improve learning skills.
Prerequisites: None

GE102 CAREER DEVELOPMENT

This course is designed to help the student prepare for entering the job market in the health field.  Topics include professional growth, job searching skills, and interviewing skills.  Emphasis is placed on formulating a professional resume and rendering a successful interview.
Prerequisites: None

HS106 MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS

This course is designed to help the student understand moral behavior, acceptable standards of conduct, professional relations, and professional organization.  In addition to covering laws pertinent to the health care facility, the course outlines various ethical codes and their current impact on society.  Prerequisites: None

PCT101 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR PCT

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding structure and function of each of the body systems.
Prerequisites: None

HS102 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

This course will consist of learning prefixes, suffixes, root words and combing word as they relate to each body system.

Prerequisites: None

MA 105: CLINICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

Students will learn the importance of accurately taking and recording body measurements and vital signs, patient assessments, charting and proper documentation techniques and setting up for special office procedures. Legal aspects of the healthcare profession will be reinforced throughout the course.  Students will learn the Medical Assistant’s role in a physical examination.  Students will also learn various diagnostic tests performed in a medical office, various instruments, and their specialties, they will also have the ability to learn and explain Universal Precautions.  Medical emergencies (first aid) will also be discussed in this course.

MA 106: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

This course provides the student with medical terminology used on different medical specialties, the human body, procedures, and disease.  Emphasis will be place on medical root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.

 

PCT105 HEMATOLOGY (BLOOD CHEMISTRY)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structure, function, and pathology of the blood.  The course mainly covers theory, demonstration, and clinical practice of common tests conducted in medical offices and blood drawing techniques such as finger sticks and venipuncture.  Instruction in OSHA guidelines is emphasized and must be adhered to in this course.  The course also includes an overview of medical terminology for the applicable body system.  Prerequisites: None

PCT106 EKG LAB SKILLS

This course is a study of the cardiovascular system with emphasis placed on function, common diseases, and diagnostic exams.  Topics covered and include the standard 12-lead EKG, rhythm strip and holter monitor. Prerequisites: None

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PCT102 SPECIMEN COLLECTIONS/SPECIAL PROCEDURE

This course is designed to provide students with skills required to collect various specimens required for tests, and to perform procedures such as patient assessment, urinary catheterization, and sterile dressing changes.  Prerequisites: None

PCT103 BASIC NUTRITION/FIRST AID/CPR

The first segment of this course is designed to introduce the student to the basic food groups, nutrients, their functions, and the use of therapeutic diets. The second segment is devoted to Basic Life Support, which includes a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certification course and an introduction to signs, symptoms, and basic emergency care in life-threatening situations.

Prerequisites: None

PCT104 PATIENT DATA INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION

This course is designed to help the Patient Care Technician prepare for the hospital environment, teaching them communication between health care workers and patient information. This course also develops student skills in medical abbreviations, accessing patient information from patients’ charts and other data.  It includes understanding the role of ancillary services, and proper reporting between the healthcare team, filing of special reports and proper phone etiquette.

Prerequisites: None

PCT100 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

This course introduces the student to basic nursing care and clinical skills. Consideration is given to the fundamental role of the Nursing Assistant to develop student skills in communicating and understanding the residents.  Resident safety, infection control, body mechanics, bed making, assisting residents with daily care are some of the topics addressed. Students will demonstrate the importance of meeting elimination needs, basic nutrition fundamentals of taking vital signs, transferring, ambulation & basic emergency care, rehabilitation and restorative care, understanding human sexuality, Patient Bill of Rights, and the principles of a range of motion its exercises.  The student is also introduced to the clinical aspects of nursing in a skilled care facility.  Prerequisites: None

PCT107 EXTERNSHIP

During this course the student will spend time in a clinical setting where they will apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in the classroom. This is the last course of the student’s program and the *Externship must be performed during the day. Successful completion of the *Externship is not a graduation requirement.

In order to qualify for an externship placement, students must meet the following externship eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum attendance rate of 80%
  • Completion of all core and elective course requirements as evidenced by Ashona

Medical Institute academic transcript

  • GPA 2.75 or higher
  • Classroom participation grade of 2.75 or higher
  • Be available to complete the externship during daytime hours (evening schedules

are not available)

  • Completion of Externship Orientation
  • Execution of Student Extern Agreement

GRADING SYSTEM

An overall average of seventy percent (70%) is required for graduation and the following represents the equivalencies of the grades assigned.

  • Grades for each course are recorded
  • Grades are earned and recorded as follows:

 

A EXCELLENT 90—100%
B GOOD 80—89%
C AVERAGE 70—79%
F FAILURE 69% AND BELOW
I INCOMPLETE GPA NEUTRAL
W WITHDRAWAL  

 

 

  • An “I” grade may be assigned provided the student is passing the course and has completed a substantial portion of the coursework. The instructor and student complete and sign an “I grade completion form” and agree on the work to be performed and a deadline for completion of the work.  The “I” is changed by the instructor through the grade change procedure.  An ‘I’ grade not changed within three (3) weeks will be changed to an “F” and the course must be repeated.  Withdrawals and repeats do not affect the student’s GPA but does affect maximum periods.

 

Instructors are required to submit to the Director the final grade for each student whose name appears on the “Instructor Grade Report.”  Instructor grade reports are the official record of the students’ grades and are permanently filed at the Ashona Medical Institute.

 

The Student Grade Report at the end of each grading period indicates the student’s academic cumulative average.

 

GRADING PERIODS:

 

  • Progress reports semi-monthly
  • Grades monthly and at the end of all modules