Patient Care Technician Certificate in Applied Science
This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a position as a patient care technician, which is an unlicensed, assistive person working under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.
The Patient Care Technician program has designed a curriculum that is educationally flexible and provides career mobility. Graduates are prepared to practice safely within their identified scope of practice and to promote, protect and improve the health of the diverse community.
It is the mission of the Patient Care Technician Program to actively develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with its diverse health care community and meet rapidly changing employment needs. The student will graduate with the necessary skills to function as an entry-level patient care technician.
Acceptable placement test score(s); plus high school diploma or GED. Must be 18 years old.
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
The program is offered during the day only at the Northwest campus and is completed in one semester.
Hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical clinics, nursing homes, home health
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/pct/.
- Prior to class registration, students must
- Students completing the Patient Care Technician Program receive points on the weighted admission form for Nursing and other health care programs offered at GTC.
- Students must be able to attend all clinical experiences.
- Students must have evidence of a valid healthcare provider CPR certification, preclinical orientation and completed health physical, including required immunizations, as a course requirement for NUR 151 Basic Patient Care I.
- An acceptable criminal background check is required for clinical experiences.
- A negative 10-panel drug screen is required for clinical experiences. Random drug screens may be performed throughout the program.
- After registering for the PCT program, students are required to attend a scheduled mandatory orientation meeting.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
|NUR 151||Basic Patient Care I||3|
|NUR 152||Basic Patient Care II||3|
|NUR 153||PCT Clinical Experiences||2|
|Total Required Credit Hours||10|