Start your career in one of healthcare’s most in demand positions as a Patient Care Technician. Through the use of Live Instruction and Hybrid Training, you will receive comprehensive knowledge of patient care skills that will prepare you to handle multiple duties and responsibilities in a hospital/specialty health care environment.
Upon completion of our program students will be eligible for employment as advanced cross trained nursing assistants (patient care technicians), Health Technologists and Technicians, Health Care Technicians, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies, Home Health Aides, or Allied Health Assistants and more. Student will also be eligible to sit for the Florida Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant Exam (CNA) & the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician Certification (CPCT/A).
Our Patient Care Technician (PCT) program is broken up into individual components courses. Students must complete all courses to receive their FSCJ Certificate of Completion for the program and sit for the National Healthcare Association’s Certified Patient Care Technician Certification.
Articulation Information: Students who have previously completed the FSCJ Nursing Assistant program or currently have a CNA licensure can articulate into the Advanced Home Health course and will not be required to take the first two course offerings (Nursing Fundamentals, Nursing Aide).
Please Note: This class may be cancelled if minimum enrollment number is not met.
For additional, up-to-date course schedules, search Catalog information in Class Search.
Certifications/Certificates Received Upon Completion of Program:
Basic Healthcare Worker/Fundamentals Certificate
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Certified Nursing Assistant Certification**
Advanced Home Health Aide Certificate
Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Allied Health Assistant Certificate
Advanced Allied Health Assistant Certificate
Patient Care Technician Certificate
Certified Patient Care Technician Certification**
** Certification is optional to receive through program
*Certification requires for you to take additional exam not included in the program.
Patent Care Technician Total Hours Lecture/Lab/Clinical Course Breakdown:
Estimated Program Lecture Hours (In Person, Online) – 300 Hours
Estimated Program Lab/Clinical Hours – 325 Hours
Total Program Hours – 625 Hours
Scrubs: Students can order scrubs for the class through www.meridys.com. Upon going to the site click on “Student or Group In” in the top right had corner and use Student Code “FSCJ267” in the code box to access our page.
Course Materials: All Materials are online materials that can be purchased through Cengage MindTap
Choose 12 Month Access “Subscription Price - $179.99” (Note: Receive access to ALL Cengage e-books, MindTap’s, and print rental options).
Other Recommended Materials Requirements:
Stethoscope, Blood Pressure Cuff, Two Hand Wrist Watch
**ITEMS ARE NOT REQUIRED but can be purchased at Meridys.com or any 3rd party site (i.e. Amazon)
Items to be completed before Performing Clinical:
Undergo a physical exam, Provide proof of up-to-date immunizations & Test, American Heart Association CPR/AED/BLS Certification
Estimated Total Cost of Drug Screen/Background - $150.00
Patient Care Technician Program Outline:
Course #1: CCE 0796 Basic Health Care Worker - $429.00
Basic Healthcare Worker course should be completed before enrolling in Nursing Assistant course.
This course is an introduction to the health care environment, students training will focus on the health care team and delivery systems. You will learn and discuss topics including legal responsibilities, ethical issues, safety and security, information technology applications in healthcare, emergencies, infection control, communication, interpersonal behaviors, employability skills, blood borne diseases, wellness, disease and basic math and science.
Course #2: HED 0101 Nursing Assistant Training – $799.00
This course trains students in overall concept of being a nursing assistant. The content addressed in this course prepares you to work with people of various ages and cultures and establishes a foundation of basic skills that extends the students understanding of their role in healthcare. The course includes interactive activities, simulated laboratory experiences and hands-on experience in a designated clinical setting.
** Upon completion of this course students will be able to sit for the Florida Board of Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.
Course #3: HED 0710 Advanced Home Health Aide - $395.00
This course provides the student with advanced knowledge and skillsets necessary to perform physical comfort and safety, infection control, and nutrition in the home setting. This course also reviews normal growth and development from infancy through death.
Course #4: HED 0711 Patient Care Assistant - $595.00
This course is designed to provide students with job related skills and knowledge of the structure and function, interrelatedness and needs of the human body systems. Patient care activities of daily living, health and hygiene are provided for all age groupings with particular emphasis on the patient in the hospital setting.
Course #5: HED 0712 Allied Health Assistant - $749.00
This course is designed to provide additional skills for becoming a multi-skilled health care worker in clinical settings and the laboratory. This course will orient individuals to the structure and function of the human body as well as physical and occupational restorative skills. Additionally, the student will be able to demonstrate necessary skills and knowledge to perform an EKG while practicing standard precautions, infection control, quality assurance, and safety. The student will be able to recognize normal sinus rhythms and EKG rhythms consistent with a cardiac emergency.
Course #6: HED 0713 Advanced Allied Health Assistant - $695.00
In continuation of the Allied Health Assistant course, students are adding didactic, laboratory, and clinical skills to be a more multiskilled worker. In this course, students add medical assistant skills and additional knowledge of geriatric populations to their knowledge base.
Course # 7: HED 0750 Patient Care Technician (60 Hours) - $349.00
This course is designed to provide the students with the opportunity
to integrate their advanced skills with concepts that focus on
organizational skills and employability skills specific to the Patient
Care Technician. Students further explore the role of unlicensed
assistive personnel in health care settings; give and receive
end-of-shift reports, follow chain of command, use effective
communication skills, understand the characteristics of team member
relationships and learn ways to deal with conflict.