Patient Care Technician SOC Code:  31-1014  CIP CODE:51. 3902

640  Clock Hours

Program Description: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced cross-trained nursing assistant (Patient Care Technicians), expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant. The PCT program offers several courses that provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge.

Objective:  Universal Career School objective is to train students to become effective, competent. Multi-skilled, cross-trained caregivers in the field of patient care technology.

Prerequisites: Proof of High School Diploma or GED required.

The curriculum is based on as many hours of theory and practical instruction as each subject requires in order for the student to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills. It also includes the designated hours for clinical experience necessary to acquire the skills and the experience to perform a professional service.

Classes offered are bilingual (English/Spanish).

Gainful Employment

Courses

CourseTitlesHours
Total Hours640
PCT100Health Science Core Fundamentals**90
PCT101Anatomy & Physiology50
PCT102Nursing Assisting120
PCT103Patient Care Externship I u2013 Extended Care Rotation50
PCT104Home Health Care75
PCT105Electrocardiography Technique and Application45
PCT106 Technique and Specimen Processing45
PCT107Allied Health Applications45
PCT108Patient Care Assisting and Technology60
PCT109Patient Care Externship II u2013 Acute Care Rotation60

Program Course Descriptions

The course numbering system reflects the program and level of courses. Acronyms are used to identify the program while the number­ing system reflects the level of program. 

PCT100 HEALTH SCIENCE CORE FUNDAMENTALS

This course includes health care delivery system, health occupations, communications, interpersonal skills, computer literacy, infection control, and recognition and response to emergency situations.  This course also includes safety and security, ethical and legal issues, employability skills, basic math and science, and wellness and disease concepts.  HIV/AIDS and CPR are also taught in this class.

APT110 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Essential principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented including an overview of all the body systems.

PCT102 NURSING ASSISTING

This class provides classroom and clinical instruction for the primary care of patients/clients in long-term and acute care facilities.  Students learn skills for daily hygiene, bedside care, vital signs measurement, positioning and safe transfer of clients/patients.

PCT103 PATIENT CARE EXTERNSHIP I – EXTENDED CARE ROTATION

Students will learn in the clinical lab and then in Nursing Homes the hands-on skills required of a Patient Care Technician.  Students perform introductory and fundamental skills learned previously during the didactic portion of the program.

PCT104 HOME HEALTH CARE

Students will learn basic concepts of home health care, including home care observations and reporting procedures, documentation, caring for special populations, child care and homemaking skills.

PCT105 ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE AND APPLICATION

This course is a complete and fast-paced course designed to provide instruction in Electrocardiography testing procedures used in detecting heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders.

PCT106 PHLEBOTOMY TECHNIQUES AND SPECIMEN PROCESSING

Students will learn information about health care delivery systems, collection of materials and equipment, venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques, specimen transportation and processing techniques.

PCT107 ALLIED HEALTH APPLICATIONS

Students will learn about professions in health care identifying the characteristics of effective health care providers.

PCT108 PATIENT CARE ASSISTING AND TECHNOLOGY

Students will learn how new technology advances have transformed the way nursing care is conceptualized and delivered.

PCT109 PATIENT CARE EXTERNSHIP II – ACUTE CARE ROTATION

Students will learn in the clinical lab and then in Nursing homes the hands-on skills required of a Patient Care Technician.  Students perform introductory and fundamental skills learned previously during the didactic portion of the program.

Program Information

Tuition and FeesPatient Care Technician ProgramTimeframe
Total tuition$8,000.00
Tuition$7,300.00640 Clock Hours
Registration Fee$100.00 (non-refundable)26 Weeks/6.5 Month Full Time
Uniform & Lab Fess$600.00 (non-refundable)32 Weeks/8 month Part Time

A Clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of supervised instruction and a ten minutes break.

Method of Payment

The school offers financial aid to those who qualify.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Completion of 640 hours of theory, and clinical practice.
  2. Passing a final written examination with 75% (C) or more.
  3. Meeting all financial obligations with the school.

Diploma

Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for graduation.