The Certificate of Technical Studies in Patient Care Technician prepares individuals for a variety of job opportunities in health occupations areas and is generated to meet the need for cross-training of employees in health care facilities. Graduates may find employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, laboratories, and clinics where basic bedside nursing skills are required, as well as the skills of phlebotomy, performing electrocardiograms (EKG), stress testing, and holter monitoring procedures. All Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) skill standards are included into this competency-based curriculum. The program consists of classroom/lab instruction and supervised/preceptor clinical activities. Prior to clinical, the student must present a current CPR card for Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. Upon successful completion of this competency-based program, students may be eligible to take certification exams in Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, and/or Patient Care Technician.
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