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Online Patient Care
Technician Class Outline

Patient Care Technician Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-5 months, self-paced

Patient Care Technician Estimated Time of Completion

Certification Results:
CPCT/A exam pass rate 77% vs. 74% National Average

Patient Care Technician Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students to take the CPCT/A exam and gain entry-level employment as a patient care technician.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of this course will have the theoretical instruction and practical administrative skills to prepare them for entry-level patient care technician positions.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Identify the roles and duties of the patient care technician and other healthcare professionals within the healthcare industry
  • Apply medical terminology, anatomy and communication skills to effectively interact with patients and healthcare professionals
  • Recognize the importance of documentation in both traditional and electronic records
  • Adhere to legal and ethical principles
  • Recognize the body’s reaction to inadequate supplies of nutrients and vitamins, and understand the need for feeding tubes
  • Practice infection control and universal safety precautions
  • Apply basic first-aid techniques and understand the importance of CPR training
  • Obtain, record, monitor and report patient vital signs
  • Recognize the need for emotional support during grief and death
  • Prepare and perform EKG testing, range of motion exercises and modalities for patient therapy
  • Assist patients with positioning and mobility issues and devices
  • Apply swallow precautions when feeding patients and understand devices used to prevent bed sores
  • Assist patients when dressing and bathing
  • Provide catherization, ostomy and urinary care, and measure urinary output
  • Perform capillary puncture, phlebotomy and venipuncture, and collect blood properly
  • Identify organizations and certifications available to the patient care technician
Online Patient Care Technician school training outcomes

Curriculum

Instruction Pack I: Introduction to Patient Care Technician

In Pack 1, students explore the roles and duties of the patient care technician and other healthcare professionals within the healthcare industry. Students learn medical terminology using a unique word-building system to help them interpret new terms. Additionally, students discover the role medical records play in health care. This pack wraps up with the basics of electronic records, and then explore interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with patients and healthcare professionals.

Instruction Pack II: Anatomy, Ethics and Clinical Skills

In this pack, students gain an overview of human anatomy. Students learn about pathology, including etiologies, or the causes of abnormal human biology. Then, students discover medical ethics and legal responsibilities that pertain to the healthcare industry, and specifically, to patient care technicians. Students recognize the body’s reaction to inadequate supplies of nutrients and vitamins, and understand the need for feeding tubes. Students explore infection control and universal safety precautions before discovering basic first-aid techniques and the importance of CPR training. Finally, students learn the process to obtain, record, monitor and report patient vital signs.

Instruction Pack III: Patient Care and Blood Testing

Pack 3 begins by exploring the need for emotional support during grief and death. Then, students examine patient therapy, which includes preparing and performing EKG testing, range of motion exercises and modalities. Students discover the methods to assist patients with positioning and mobility issues and devices. The daily needs of patients are examined with swallow precautions when feeding patients and understanding devices used to prevent bed sores. After discovering how to assist patients when dressing and bathing, students learn to provide catherization, ostomy and urinary care, and measure urinary output. Students also learn to perform capillary puncture, phlebotomy and venipuncture, and collect blood properly. Finally, student examine the organizations and certifications available to the patient care technician before taking the final exam for the course.

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