Career Development Training & Placement Support
At the Harris School of Business, we do more than career training. Our Career Services department will help get you ready to enter the world of work. Our advisors assist students with:
- Conducting a job search that gets results
- Writing a strong resume that emphasizes your best qualities
- Developing confident interview techniques
- Improving your communication skills
Knowing how to look for a job is one thing, and knowing where to look is another. Our Career Services staff members can help you find the right kinds of positions that match your training and your career interests. Through our network of regional employers, our advisors may be able to find job leads that you might not ordinarily find.
In short, our Career Services department is here to help you begin your career. Learn more about career placement services at Harris School.
Real-World Experience for your Resume
The Patient Care Technician programs provide teaching and instruction in the classroom and in a clinical setting. During the clinical time, you will get a chance to apply the skills and techniques that you have learned from your instructors.
Some of the real-world skills that you will learn will include
- Measuring and recording patients’ vital signs
- Helping patients with moving and ambulation, for instance, helping a patient move from a bed to a chair
- Assisting patients in everyday tasks such as getting dressed and personal hygiene
- Administering electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Performing blood draw procedures (phlebotomy)
- Organizing and labeling blood collection tubes and other specimen collections
- Assisting the nursing staff with a variety of needs as they arise
- Learning the procedures and protocol of a healthcare facility
This kind of hands-on experience in a real clinical setting is valuable training that strengthens your resume and helps prepare you for the world of work as you set out to begin this exciting new career.
Patient Care Technician and Certification
Certification Information for Patient Care Technician I.
The Patient Care Technician I program is designed to prepare students to sit for Connecticut’s Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) certification exam. In order to work as a CNA in Connecticut, you must past this exam. After passing the exam, students must also complete an application and submit it to the Connecticut Nurses Aide Registry. After these steps are completed satisfactorily, the student will be certified.
The Patient Care Technician I program goes beyond CNA training, and also includes introductory training in electrocardiograms, phlebotomy (blood draws), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. With your training in the Patient Care Technician I program, you will be qualified for jobs that require these competencies.
Certification Information for Patient Care Technician II
The Patient Care Technician II program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association. Students who are successful in their Harris courses are encouraged to register for this exam. We also recommend that students spend some extra time reviewing their coursework before the day of the exam.
What are the benefits of certification? A certification like the CPCT is recognized across the country. With certification, you can show prospective employers that you have proven skills and a commitment to your new job field. With certification from the National Healthcareer Association, you may be eligible for jobs with better pay, more responsibility, and a greater level of job satisfaction.
Where can you take the CPCT exam? The exam is offered at the Danbury campus to eligible students, but students should understand that taking the test at the campus is a privilege. To earn this privilege, students must score at least a 75% grade point average on tests, attend all classes, and be in good standing (financially) with the school. Also, students should be aware that the cost of the exam is extra, and it is the responsibility of the student to pay for the exam.
To read more about the CPCT exam, visit the website of the National Healthcareer Association.