Patient Care Technician

NUPC 1020

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Requests for course withdrawals, refunds, or transfers must be submitted by email to cwl@grayson.edu, 7 business days prior to the course start date.

At this time, we are only accepting enrollment requests through the scholarship application linked above. If you do not wish to apply for a scholarship and want to pay for the course directly, please email us at cwl@grayson.edu for further instructions.

$2,799.00

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Overview

Introduction:

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians (PCT) to assist with the critical day-to-day patient care. As a PCT, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals. Wages for PCTs are typically between $11 and $13 per hour. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician Assistant (CPT-A), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification tests, and Texas Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). (296 course hrs)

Course Topics:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Infection control and safety
  • Basic physical and psychological needs related to developmental stages
  • Patient care skill and principles of nutrition
  • Taking and documenting vital signs
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures
  • Performing EKG procedures
  • HIPPA and OSHA guidelines
Students must demonstrate proficiency in venipunctures and capillary punctures by receiving and delivering the required number of punctures throughout the course.

*See Entry Requirement tab for items required to enroll in class.

Class Location, Dates & Times:

  • PCT Training Program
    • Workforce Success Skills: January 10/12, 2023, 9a-12p
    • Training Program: January 17 - May 11, 2023
    • Hybrid- Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8:30a-12p
    • Health Science building, Room 215

Cost:

  • Tuition: $2,799
  • Tuition includes all necessary materials for class including:  scrubs, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, gait belt,  three textbook/workbooks for Phlebotomy, EKG, and Nurse Aide and all other supplies.
  • Tuition does NOT include National Healthcare Association certification exams, or Texas DADS Nurse Aide License testing fee:
    • The following Exam cost (payable to NHA and Texas DADS upon registering for certification exams):
      • $160 Patient Care Technician Exam
      • $125 Phlebotomy Technician Exam
      • $125 EKG Technician Exam
      • $125 Certified Nurse Aide Exam

Your seat in the class is not guaranteed, regardless of payment status, until proof of all required immunizations and TB test results are received. Send records and TB test results to cwl@grayson.edu. 

Funding:

Workforce Solutions Texoma operates the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which may be able to help you pay for tuition, books, and travel for up to two years. Eligible individuals include employees who are laid off or trade affected, displaced homemakers, and income eligible adults and youth. For more information, contact Workforce Solutions Texoma at 903-463-9997.

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must present a state-issued ID and a secondary form of ID with matching names plus your Social Security number upon enrollment
  • Proof of immunizations sent to cwl@grayson.edu (see below)
  • Criminal background check - Certain convictions bar employment in facilities and agencies regulated by HHSC. A list of these offenses can be found at Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 250.006.
  • Must be free of communicable diseases and in suitable physical and emotional health to safely care for residents
  • High school diploma or GED/high school equivalency, or earn within 12 months of NHA certification exam testing
  • Your seat in the class is not guaranteed, regardless of payment status, until proof of all required immunizations and TB test results are received. Send records and TB test results to cwl@grayson.edu. 

Completed immunizations:

  • Tuberculosis (TB), Proof of either (within the past year):
    • a negative PPD skin test, or
    • a negative chest x-ray if skin test is positive or can not be taken
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox), Proof of either:
    • a physician documented history of the disease, or
    • a documentation of varicella immunization
    • or a titer test confirming immunity
  • Hepatitis B series, Proof of either:
    • a complete three-injection series of Hepatitis B vaccinations, or
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • MMR series, Proof of either:
    • a complete two-injection series of MMR vaccinations, or
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • Diphtheria Tetanus (within past 10 years)

Click HERE for additional immunization information.

Notes: A background check including criminal history will be done prior to start of class.  Your seat in the class is not guaranteed, regardless of payment status, until proof of all required immunizations and TB test results are received. Send records and TB test results to cwl@grayson.edu Patient Care Technician students will receive a voucher from their instructor for the purchase of scrubs. These scrubs become required classroom attire and should fit appropriately with proper undergarments worn underneath. Prior to receiving scrubs, students should wear long jeans or pants and short-sleeved tops. 
Students in all healthcare programs must wear closed-toed, slip-resistant footwear. Because you will be performing skills on other students, jewelry should be kept to a minimum, and only studs are allowed for earrings or facial piercings. Hair should be kept up off of the collar and out of your face. Nails must be natural, short and clean. Acrylic nails, nail dips or extensions of any kind on the nails are not/not permitted. Nail length must not extend past the tip of the finger.