Center for Health Professionals

Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician is a multi-disciplinary technical worker trained to provide basic nursing assistant care as well as other skilled functions. The role of the PCT includes duties traditionally performed by the staff from several different departments such as nursing, phlebotomy, and EKG.

This program builds upon the basic nurse aid skills to create a person with advanced skills. To receive a Patient Care Technician Certificate you must successfully complete the following:
   • Certified Nursing Assistant
   • Phlebotomy Technician
   • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician

After completing the program students can take the certification exam from the National Health Career Association (NHA) and become a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT).

The Program
This is a 265 hour three part program which consists of the Nurse Assistant (CNA) Certificate program, the EKG Technician program, and the Phlebotomy Technician program. This allows the PCT to learn the knowledge and skills of a nurse assistant in order to give direct patient to his/her clients along with the advanced knowledge and skills of EKG and phlebotomy.
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The Nurse Assistant course prepares qualified individuals to work as nursing assistants in long-term care facilities (nursing homes), home health settings and hospitals, under the direction of a registered nurse.
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The course of study (165 hours of training) provides opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills used by nursing assistants.
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Upon successful completion of program the student is eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Test which is required for certification by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
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This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (The student will need to take a CPR course prior to starting the clinical experience of the course).
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The EKG technician course will include relevant practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography.
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Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hand on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices. This is a 50 hour course. Click here for more information about the EKG Technician course.
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The Phlebotomy Technician course includes the health care system of the laboratory, anatomy and physiology of the body systems, institutional procedures such as infection control, patient care issues such as specimen collection and handling, and quality assurance and professional standards. This is a 50 hour course. Click here for more information about the Phlebotomy Technician course.>
Upon completion of the program, the student has the opportunity to sit for the NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician and the ASPT Certified EKG Technician examinations which are hosted on Triton College’s campus.

The cost of the program:

Nurse Assistant - NAS 100
In-District Tuition: $721* (books not included in the course)
Out of District Tuition: $1,881.16* (books not included in the course)

EKG Technician
Tuition: $999.00* (books included)

Phlebotomy Technician
Tuition: $2,250.00* (books not included in the course)

* = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply

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