Patient Care Technician Diploma Program
Patient Care Technician Diploma Program
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume
What is a Patient Care Technician?
A Patient Care Technician is responsible for providing direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. Depending on the setting, a Patient Care Technician may be responsible for tasks such as obtaining and documenting patients' vital signs, helping patients complete activities of daily living, performing phlebotomy, obtaining electrocardiograms (ECGs), providing patients with emotional support, setting up patient rooms during periods of turnover, helping with procedures such as dressing changes, providing post-mortem care, and reporting patient changes to supervising nurses or physicians. A Patient Care Technician can provide care to people of all ages, from neonates to geriatric patients.
A Patient Care Technician is a highly rewarding career, where your compassion and support may turn what could have been a difficult day for an elderly, ill or chronically sick person into a great one.
What Career Options Are Available For Patient Care Technicians?
After meeting with area employers, they directly expressed the need for a Patient Care Technician Diploma Program to fulfill their growing needs for individuals with this type of training.
Patient Care Technicians work in a variety of settings. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, outpatient centers, surgical centers, hospice, home health, dialysis clinics, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers all need patient care technicians as team members.
Most Importantly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 2% to +15% depending on specialty.1
How Do I Become A Patient Care Technician?
There are multiple pathways to become a Patient Care Technician. For example, some hospitals or nursing homes will hire and train you to become a Patient Care Technician, although not all of these facility-based programs will allow you to sit for a certification exam. Some facilities also require that you sign an agreement to work for them for a certain period of time and this may limit your initial career advancement options.
A more linear path to becoming a Patient Care Technician is to enter our diploma program. You must first have a high school diploma, GED or pass an approved ATB exam. In this program you will receive end-to-end training in a classroom, in a laboratory, and in clinical hands-on experience settings. Our Patient Care Technician Program takes just 11 months to complete. Upon successful completion of the Rockford Career College Patient Care Technician Diploma Program, you have the ability to sit for the Patient Care Technician exam by the National Healthcare Association.
- General Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Heath Care
- Healthcare Settings for Nursing Assistants
- Nursing Assistant Skills and Patient Care
- Nursing Assistant Administration
- Emergency Room Technician
- Medical Ethics and Documentation
- Principles and Practices of Hemodialysis
- Dialysis Technology and Devices
- Patient Care: Treatment and Care of Kidney Failure
- Patient Care Technician Clinical Externship
- Student Success Strategies
- Professional Success Strategies
The Rockford Career College Advantage:
For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach.
At Rockford Career College, our goal is student success. Students gather in Rockford in a friendly, small-class environment that feels like home. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors all of whom have real-world experience in their field. Classes are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. During the last quarter of your program, you’ll even enter an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
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2 onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9097.01, retrieved 2/13/2020
3 onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9097.02, retrieved 2/13/2020
Program Length - 11 months
On-Campus at the Brecksville and Maumee Campus
General Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Heath Care
Healthcare Settings for Nursing Assistants
Nursing Assistant Skills and Patient Care
Nursing Assistant Administration
Emergency Room Technician
Medical Ethics and Documentation
Principles and Practices of Hemodialysis
Dialysis Technology and Devices
Patient Care: Treatment and Care of Kidney Failure
Patient Care Technician Clinical Externship
Student Success Strategies
Professional Success Strategies
Job title options: Nurse Assistant, EKG Technician, Phlebotomist or other options.