PCT

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Program ID
PCT
Campus
Boynton Beach
Level
Diploma
Semester
2021 Fall, 2021 Spring, 2021 Winter, 2022 Winter
Credit
600 Clock Hours
Method
Lecture

If you’re already a Certified Nursing Assistant, this is the best degree for you to move up in the Health Care Industry. A Patient Care Technician must become a CNA to practice as a PCT.

The program is designed to prepare students to become a Patient Care Technician (PCT) in the state of Florida. Upon completion of the nursing assistant program, students are eligible to make application to the Florida State Board of Nursing to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination. A Patient Care Technician must become a CNA to practice as a PCT.

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Patient Care Technician exam through NCCT (not a state requirement).

  • Students must provide proof of current CPR certification for healthcare providers or register for a regularly scheduled CPR class and pay the applicable fee.
  • Students are required to present a negative TB report from a doctor prior to attending clinical externship.

The Patient Care Technician program at the College was designed to satisfy the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Patient Care Technicians as of July, 2009.

Program Description

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program prepares graduates to care for clients across the lifespan in diverse healthcare delivery systems. Through the program the student is prepared for employment as entry level advanced cross-trained Patient Care Technicians.  This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for acute and long-term care settings. The student will develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant to providing care in specialized settings, phlebotomy, electrocardiography (EKG), and basic lab assistant functions.  The PCT comprises of a sequence of instruction that includes a health science core and six occupational completion points.

A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or exit as an occupational completer. The Health Science Core is required for all health programs and options. The six occupational completion points are: Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Patient Care Assistant, Allied Health Assistant, Advanced Allied Health Assistant and Patient Care Technician. The program is estimated to take 6 Months to complete and consists of 600 Clock hours. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Patient Care Technician exam through NCCT (not a state requirement). 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures

Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

Admissions Requirement

In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the Patient Care Technician program must:

• Demonstrate that they are physically able to execute assigned duties.
• Students must provide proof of current CPR certification for healthcare providers or register for a regularly scheduled CPR class and pay the applicable fee.
• Students are required to present a negative TB report from a doctor prior to attending the clinical externship.

Program Progression

Course #Course TitleClock Hours
HCC 101Health Care Core90 hrs
PCT 102Articulated Nursing Assistant75 hrs
PCT 103Advanced Home Health Aide50 hrs
PCT 104Patient Care Assistant (Clinical/Externship)75 hrs
PCT 105Allied Health Assistant150 hrs
PCT 106Advanced Allied Health Assistant (Clinical/Externship)100 hrs
PCT 107Patient Care Technician (Clinical/Externship)60 hrs
Total Hours600 hrs

Career Opportunities

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