Patient Care Tech program consists of three components; Phlebotomy, Advance Nursing Skills and EKG.   You may begin the program at the beginning of any component or you can take any of the components as a separate class.

We do not offer online registration for this class at this time.   To register, call the office at 770-606-9697.

Course Objective

This program prepares you to take the National Health Career Association, Patient Care Tech certification exam. The PCT program consists of training in the following subjects: advance nursing skills, phlebotomy and EKG, which provides students with opportunity to gain advanced training and skills to further their healthcare career.  Successful completion of the required components and passing and acquiring the Patient Care Technician Certification will enable students to apply for employment where Patient Care Technician training and certification is required or encouraged.

Course Description

  • Review of basic nursing assistant skills, such as vital signs and infection control.
  • Instruction and skills demonstration and practice of advanced nursing skills including, sterile technique, wound care, urinary catheterization and care, nutrition, and respiratory care.
  • Care of specialty patients including, rehabilitation, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and psychiatric.
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic math skills
  • Medical testing, including urine testing, step screens and glucose monitoring
  • EKG fundamentals: how to obtain and read a rhythm strip.
  • Anatomy & physiology of the heart and cardiovascular system
  • Interpretation of arrhythmias and blocks
  • Treatment of abnormalities
  • Advanced cardiovascular monitoring skills
  • Pharmacological & non pharmacological treatment of arrhythmias
  • Care of cardiac patients
  • Pacemakers
  • Practice procedure for successfully administering and interpreting a minimum of 25 EKG
  • Certification test preparation
  • History of Phlebotomy
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Quality assurance and legal issues associated with phlebotomy
  • Infection control
  • Medical terminology
  • Blood collection procedures for patients of all ages
  • Non-blood Specimens and tests
  • Specimen handling and processing
  • Basic math skills
  • Practice procedure for successfully collecting a minimum 40 blood draws
  • Certification test preparation
  • Employment search strategies, resources, resume writing and general information

Instruction is presented as a combination of lecture, video and power point presentations, and a strong emphasis on hands on training.   Students will play the role of patient for other students to practice skills.  Students are also requested and encouraged to invite family and friends to volunteer for medical testing and blood draws.