Students interested in becoming a Patient Care Technician (also called Patient Care Assistant) will need to complete the required coursework and clinical hours.
Harris School's Patient Care Technician I
The Patient Care Technician I program comprises 300 hours. To start, students will undergo the training that is required to become a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). This training includes how to assist patients with their basic needs. Students will learn basic terminology, long-term care, safety and emergency procedures, infection control, vital signs, and proper transfer techniques.
The next part of the training includes more advanced skills, such as an introduction to pharmacology, basic First Aid, electrocardiogram (EKG) training, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Clinical hours will be completed at a 120-bed long-term health care facility located near the Danbury campus. During the clinical training, students will have the opportunity to work directly with patients.
Harris School's Patient Care Technician II
The second program, called Patient Care Technician II, comprises 220 hours. It delves deeper into more advanced skills so that students are prepared for a higher level of responsibility when it comes to patient care.
In this program, students will gain experience administering electrocardiograms (EKGs) and learn more about how to monitor the medical conditions that are associated with EKGs. Students will also gain skills in performing phlebotomies (blood draws), skin punctures, and specimen collection procedures. Another important feature of the program is the emphasis on the ethical and legal issues that are relevant to patient care technicians.
From Classroom to Career: Patient Care Assistant
Students who successfully complete the Patient Care Technician I and II programs will have a strong foundation in patient care procedures. If you are interested in gaining more advanced skills and having more responsibilities than the position of Certified Nurses Aide, the Patient Care Technician programs may be a good fit for you.