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Patient Care Technician Certificate Level 1 (51.3902)

Patient Care Technician Certificate Level 1 (51.3902) Uvalde Campus


Faculty & Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

Email
(830) 591-7364
M Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez
Program Director
Email
(830) 591-7218
I Alvarez
Isabel Alvarez
Program Coordinator
Email
(830) 591-7219
J Gonzales
Judy F. Gonzales
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7288
J Luna
Jose F. Luna
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7267
D Galindo
Diamantina Galindo
Instructor
Email
(830) 758-4185
I Vasquez
Irene Vasquez
Instructor
Email
A Ortiz
Analea Ortiz
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7325

Purpose

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program includes courses that lead to a Level 1 Certificate with certification(s)/license(s) in Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram, and Medical Assistant.

The PCT Level 1 Certificate is a one-year, 2 semester program that prepares students for certification by National Healthcareer Association (NHA) in Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram, and Medical Assistant.  In addition, the program prepares students for certification by Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) as a Certified Nurse Assistant.

Upon successful completion of the program and certifications, students will possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to check vital signs, perform CPR and first aid, assist in medical examinations, perform electrocardiograms, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy, and nurse assistant.


Admission Requirements

Students admitted through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section).  The Level 1 Certificate is TSI exempt; however, those not meeting Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s).

THE FOLLOWING MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO BEING ADMITTED INTO THE PROGRAM.

Application Process -- Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill admission requirements and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED within one year of completion of National Healthcareer Association courses (Phlebotomy Technician, Electrocardiogram Technician, and Clinical Medical Assistant).
  3. Must hold a valid driver’s license or state-issued I.D. card and must match social security number.
  4. Evidence of required immunizations, in writing, as required by the Texas Department of Health.  Includes Hepatitis-B series and Meningitis or acceptable titer levels.  Hepatitis-B series must be completed prior to registration.  Also, a documented negative TB Skin Test or a negative chest x-ray report.  Documentation must be within 12 months of the training session.
  5. Must hold a current Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider CPR Card valid thru the training period.
  6. Upon acceptance to the program, purchase of the approved school uniform and supplies.
  7. Pass a criminal background check through the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Process and fee will be explained by Department Coordinator.  Students with any criminal convictions might not be eligible to test for the state exam or National Registry test.
  8. Students will be required to have their health care provider complete and sign a program health form, which will be provided.

Program Outcomes

  1. Implement the standards of care related to the National Healthcareer Association for Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).
  2. Implement the standards of care related to the National Healthcareer Association for Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
  3. Implement the standards of career related to the National Healthcareer Association for Electrocardiogram Technician (CET).
  4. Implement standards of care related to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Program of Study

Patient Care Technician Level I Certificate add

Program of Study

Fall Semester

Patient Care Technician Level I Certificate Program of Study Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1100π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
NURA 1307 Body Systems 3
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
NURA 1401 Nurse Aide for Health Care 4
NURA 1160 Clinical - Nursing Assistant/Aide and
Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1
Total 13

Spring Semester

Patient Care Technician Level I Certificate Program of Study Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
MDCA 1352 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures 3
PLAB 13232 Phlebotomy 3
NUPC 13202 Patient Care Technician/Assistant 3
MDCA 1210 Medical Assistant Interpersonal and
Communication Skills 2
MDCA 13171,2 Procedures in a Clinical Setting 3
Total 14
Total Credit Hours for Certificate 27

Notes:

  1. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experience.
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED within one year of completion of National Healthcareer Association courses.

π All students are required to take EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

Tuition and Fees 

Students enrolling in the Patient Care Technician program pay regular college tuition, fees and additional surcharges.  Additional fees are also required prior to admission upon acceptance to the program.  The following fees are approximate costs identified to assist the student in financial planning (Note: prices vary from year to year):

  • Uniforms................................. $35
  • Books............................... $426.65
  • CPR Certification................. $28.00
  • Background checks................. $3.00
  • Immunizations.................... $235.00

 

Advanced Placement Policy 

In order to receive advanced placement credit for CNA, CCMA, CPT, or CET, the applicant must hold current certifications and/or licensures in each training area.

  1. Provide appropriate documentation to the College of Applied Sciences Dean.
  2. Must be fully accepted into the PCT program.
  3. Must successfully complete COLS 0300 or EDUC 1100, NURA 1307, HITT 1305, and MDCA 1205.

      Students Certified as a:

  • CNA will receive the following advanced placement credits (grade of “P”) for the following courses:

NURA 1401.......................... 4 hrs.

NURA 1160........................... 1 hr.

 

  • CPT will receive the following advanced placement credit (grade of “P”) for the following course:

PLAB 1323........................... 3 hrs.

 

  • CCMA will receive the following advanced placement credits (grade of “P”) for the following courses:

MDCA 1352......................... 3 hrs.

MDCA 1210......................... 2 hrs.

MDCA 1317......................... 3 hrs.

NUPC 1320.......................... 3 hrs.

 

  • CET will receive the following advanced placement credits (grade of “P) for the following course:

MDCA 1317......................... 3 hrs.


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