IN THIS SECTION
- Certified Nurse Aide
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
- EKG Technician
- Healthcare Analytics
- Medication Aide
- Medication Aide Update
- Patient Care Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
1900 John Arden Drive
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
COURSE TITLE: NUPC 1020-Patient Care Technician
LENGTH: 24 online classroom hours (also includes a mandatory skills check-off) and 48 clinical hours (Approximately 5 weeks)
COST: $375 Tuition + $160 Fee. Fee covers one certification exam. (does NOT include supplies & textbook)
Patient Care Technicians work under the supervision of healthcare professionals to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients, typically in a hospital setting. They provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, which greatly impacts the lives of their patients and their patients’ families. As a PCT, you perform basic patient care (bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc.), complete safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms, accommodate any additional patient needs, obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs, perform phlebotomy procedures, and provide emotional support to patients and families. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) national examination to get their certification. Certification is granted by the certifying organization after receiving a passing grade on the exam.
NOTE: This program is hybrid. Students must have reliable computer and internet access to complete the online content.
For entry into the PCT program, applicants must show that they have successfully completed the following coursework: Electrocardiography (EKG), Phlebotomy (with sticks on live individuals), and Certified Nurse Aide. Valid certification as an EKG Technician, Phlebotomist, and/or CNA is acceptable as well. Should an applicant not have coursework or certification in some or all these areas, he/she may complete these programs at Navarro College and then enter the PCT program upon successful completion of all three credentials.
PROCESS TO APPLY
Download and complete the Patient Care Technician (PCT) Application Packet. Follow instructions in the packet to collect and submit all required documentation.
For more information, contact the Continuing Education Coordinator at (972) 923-6463 or send us an email.
Notice to Students Regarding Licensing – Criminal History
Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. Please contact the Office of Continuing Education should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential certification prior to registration or during the program.
This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.