Patient Care Technician Program 

Description: 

Patient Care Technician Program provides the educational background required for pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The curriculum covers the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to function as an entry level healthcare worker. The program outcomes consist of use of performing basic patient care skills, use of effective skills to draw blood and accurately label tubes and perform basic 12-lead ECG technique and interpretation.  

Patient Care Technician Program (CIP Code 51.3902) 

Clock Hours: 280 hours 

Specific Admission Requirements: 

  1.  The prospective student must be at least 16 years of age.  

  2. A reading comprehension proficiency of at least 10th grade level.  

  3. A Physical examination, which includes a TB test within the last 12 months  

  4. Criminal Background Check (to be initiated by school)  

  5. Copy of health insurance coverage if available 

  6. ust have a valid social security number 

Program Objectives: 

The EKG module will be able to recognize emergencies and alert physician who will determine the need for possible further invasive testing. The EKG technician will learn to prepare the patient for the exam by attaching the electrodes to the chest, arms and legs. He will learn to detect abnormalities or false readings in the electrocardiogram and to correct technical errors. 

The Phlebotomy module is an introductory course designed to provide the student with the skills to be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively as part of the healthcare team. This course teaches the student to acquire manual skills such as obtaining blood specimen by venipuncture and skin puncture techniques as well as mental skills such as ability to organize efficiently, perform under pressure and follow written standard procedures. He will obtain thorough knowledge of laboratory test requirement and departmental policies. In addition to training the student in collecting and transporting blood specimens for clinical laboratory analyses, he will be trained to assist in the collection and transportation of specimen other than venous blood. (I.e. urine, tissue, sputum). 

The Basic Nurse Aide program is designed with the Modules developed by the Illinois Department of Health. This includes lecture, skills laboratory with demonstration and return demonstration, clinical experience in health care settings. This program is designed to meet all of the Illinois Department of Public Health requirements. These include a minimum of 80 hours of class and 40 hours of supervised clinical practice. Areas of study include communication, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, resident’s rights, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, feeding techniques, and skin care. Students learn how to transfer, position, dress, and ambulate residents and how to perform range-of-motion exercises. They also learn the signs and symptoms of common diseases and conditions and how to care for cognitively impaired residents (Alzheimer’s Disease). 

Content Outline 

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program 

(5.5 hours/session) = 80 hours (plus clinical = 40 hours training): 

Session 1 Introduction to Hospitals and Nursing Centers 

                         The Nursing Assistant  

Session 2 Work Ethics  

                        Communicating with the Healthcare Team 

Session 3 Understanding the Person 

                         Body Structure and Function 

Session 4 Care of the Older Person 

Session 5 Promoting Safety 

                        Preventing Falls 

               Restraints Alternatives and Safe Restraint Use  

Session 6 Preventing Infection 

Session 7 Body Mechanics 

                        Safely Handling, Moving and Transferring the Person  

Session 8 SUMMARY/MID TERM REVIEW/ EXAM  

Session 9 Assisting with Comfort  

                        Assisting with Hygiene  

                        Assisting with Grooming  

Session 10 Assisting with Elimination  

                        Assisting with Bowel Elimination  

Session 11 Assisting with Elimination and Fluids  

                 Assisting with Assessment  

                        Assisting with Specimens 

Session 12 Assisting with Exercise and Activity   

                        Assisting with Wound Care                   

Session 13 Assisting with Oxygen Needs 

                        Assisting with Rehabilitation and Restorative Nursing Care 

Session 14 Caring for Person with Common Health Problems 

                        Caring for Person with Mental Health Problems 

                        Caring for Person with Confusion and Dementia 

Session 15 Assisting with Emergency Care 

                        Caring for the Dying Person  

Session 16 SUMMARY/FINAL REVIEW/EXAM 

Textbooks: 

Sorrentino, A. (2010). Essentials for Nursing Assistants, Mosby, 6th Edition, Evolve Elsevier.  

Additional Materials: 

Mosby’s Nursing Assistant Skills Video Series- 10 volumes 

Mosby’s Nursing Assistant Transparency Acetate 

Phlebotomy Technician Program 

Unit 1 Introduction to Phlebotomy  

Chapter 1:  Introduction to Phlebotomy 

Chapter 2:  Healthcare Structure 

Chapter 3: Safety 

Chapter 4:  Infection Control  

 

Unit 2 Basics of Phlebotomy  

Chapter 5: Medical Terminology 

Chapter 6: Human Anatomy and Physiology 

Chapter 7: Circulatory, Lymphatic, and Immune System 

 

Unit 3 Specimen Collection  

Chapter 8: Venipuncture Equipment 

Chapter 9: Routine Venipuncture 

Chapter 10: Dermal Puncture 

Chapter 11: Venipuncture Complications 

Chapter 12: Blood Collection in Special Population 

Chapter 13: Arterial Blood Collection 

Chapter 14: Special Collections and Procedures 

Chapter 15: Special Non-Blood Collection Procedures 

 

Unit 4 Specimen Handling  

Chapter 16: Specimen Transport, Handling and Processing 

Chapter 17: Point of Care Testing  

 

Unit 5 Professional Issues 

Chapter 18: Quality Phlebotomy 

Chapter 19: Legal Issues in Phlebotomy 

 

Textbooks: 

Warekois, R. (2015). Phlebotomy. 4th Edition, Elsevier. 

Additional Materials: 

Phlebotomy Techniques: A Laboratory Workbook  

EKG Technician Program 

Chapter 1: Anatomy and Physiology 

Chapter 2: Basic Electrophysiology 

Chapter 3: Sinus Mechanisms 

Chapter 4: Atrial Mechanisms 

Chapter 5: Junctional Rhythms 

Chapter 6: Ventricular Rhythms 

Chapter 7: Atrioventricular Blocks 

Chapter 8: Pacemaker Rhythms  

Chapter 9: Introduction to 12 Lead EKG  

 

 

Program Objectives/Outcomes: 

  • Student will be able to discuss the basic structure and function of the human heart 

  • Student will be able to discuss basic electrophysiology 

  • Student will be able to understand and recognize atrial rhythms  

  • Student will be able understand and recognize junctional rhythms 

  • Student will be able to understand and recognize ventricular rhythms 

  • Student will be able to understand and recognize heart blocks 

  • Student will be able to understand and recognize pacemaker rhythms  

  • Student will be able to perform 12 lead ECG and manage ECG monitor  

  • Perform a 12 lead EKG 

  • Interpret basic arrhythmias 

  • Assess a patient for cardiac emergency 

  • Communicate with the patient appropriately 

  • Attach electrode to the chest, arms and legs 

  • Provide privacy for the patient during the test 

  • Provide clean working environment 

  • Practice universal precautions during the testing 

  • Document procedures appropriately 

 

Textbooks: 

Aehlert, B.  (2013). ECG Made Easy. Mosby. Evolve Elsevier. 

 

Additional Materials: 

Basic Dysrhythmias in CD-ROM (optional) 

 

Program Cost Full Assessment 

Class Tuition .............…………………………$3339  

Registration Fee …………………………...…. $150 Non-refundable  

Other course fees:  

Technology Fee/Lab Fee       ....................................................………………..…$437  

Books (Textbook, Workbook) ……………….......................................................$358 

Online Practice Exams………………………………………………….................……$130 

Lab Kit (BP Machine, Stethoscope, Gait Belt, TED Hose Stockings) …..…… $85  

Uniforms……………………………………………………………….....................……. $92 

Certification Exams ………………………………………………...................………. $309 

BLS CPR Training………………………………………………….……...................…... $40 

Fingerprint/Background Check……………………………………..............………. $40 

Total…………………………………………………………………….........................……$4980 

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