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