Patient Care Technician

Program Objective

The Patient Care Technician Program’s mission is to facilitate productivity by preparing students for employment as advanced, cross-trained assistants in Nursing, Home Health, Electrocardiography, Monitor Technician, Phlebotomy Aide and Allied Health Assisting.

Program Content

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced, cross-trained nursing assistants (called Patient Care Technicians), Health Care Technicians, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies, Home Health Aides, Phlebotomist, Electrocardiograph Aides, or Allied Health Assistants and to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in any of these occupations.  This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the Nursing Assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 600 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OSPs:

OCP A – Basic Health Care Worker:                          90 hours

OCP B – Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated):          75 hours

OCP C Advanced Home Health Aide:                    50 hours

OCP D – Patient Care Assistant:                               75 hours

OCP E – Allied Health Assistant:                               150 hours

OCP F – Advanced Allied Health Assistant:              100 hours

OCP G Patient Care Technician:                            60 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 10th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE Test. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Home health
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice Care

Salary

According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Nursing Assistant was $27,510 or $13.23 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.

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