Patient Care Technicians are multi-skilled and employed in a variety of settings including hospitals. This program uses a comprehensive approach (lecture, lab and
clinical) to train you as a patient care technician. Areas of study include: patient care, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities,
vital signs, knowledge on behavioral health and patients with special needs, EKG, and venipuncture. You must have current CNA and CPR cards. Upon completion you will be prepared for the certification test through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Textbook and certification exam fee not included in course fee.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Teaching Methodology and Assessment: The instruction will be a mix of lecture, skills demonstration, computer simulation and clinical externship. The course requires study of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, computer usage and diagnostic testing. You must work independently and as a team member to complete various tasks. Classroom attendance and participation are required and important for the completion of this course.
Assignments will require you to draw upon academic skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, basic math skills and computer technology. Student assessment will be based on group work, individual completion of assignments and test of students’ knowledge of important healthcare concepts and demonstration of skills. Students are expected to be in class. In the event of absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor for any missed in class assignments. There is no make-up for clinical hours missed. Missed competencies during this time will result in a zero.
Quizzes- Quizzes will be multiple choice and they may or may not be announced. These are designed to test your comprehension of the material being covered.
Unit/Chapter Test- There will be 4 Unit/Chapter test, they will be multiple choice, matching and labeling.
Final Exam- There is NO MAKE UP for the final exam. This exam will be multiple choice, and labeling.
Class participation- Class participation is vital part of the learning experience. It expectation is that all students will be actively engaged with the class and that each student will contribute to class discussions.
Scenario Exercises- Hands-On activities including clinical exercises, CPR, customer service, medical history review, patient education exercises and all other skills as it pertains to a healthcare practice will be role played and require professionalism and practice.
Criteria for Successful Completion: To receive a Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs, you must attend 80% of all class sessions, actively participate and complete an evaluation for the program. In addition, you must successfully complete the midterm and final exams (40% of grade); quizzes and assignments (60% of grade) and passing grade of 80% on the skills checklist.
Grades for the course will be based on the following levels of performance
A exceeded standard, demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 90 or higher
B Met standards demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 80 or higher
F did not meet standards scored less than 80 on knowledge test
Employability Skills- employability skills equated to professionalism. These are the necessary skills you will need to be successful in the workplace. The overall grade is based on the following factors: your ability to communicate effectively, use of your time, your cooperation in class, your ability to follow instructions, your ability to work independently, your ability to follow safety rules, and lastly your appearance in class.
Clinical Competencies- scenario exercises, demonstration of proper handling of medical records, patient triage and history taking, exam preparation, procedural testing and clinical exercises.
Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 84 classroom hours
Number of CEUs to be offered: 8.4
Tamela Banner has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. Her background includes clinical medical assisting, administrative medical assisting, medical billing, and phlebotomy. She has been teaching allied health courses for over 7 years. Her passion for teaching has led her to finish her BS of Education. In her spare time Tamela enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, as well as shopping.
This course is intended for individuals who are high school graduates or have obtained a GED. You must have be a current CNA and have a current CPR BLS for Healthcare Provider. You must submit a completed healthcare application and pass the Healthcare Assessment Exam with a 75 or better.
Student Course Materials: Pierson and Fairchild’s Principles & Techniques of Patient Care 5th Edition/Sherry L. Fairchild/Elsevier
You will need to purchase your own blood pressure (BP) cuffs, stethoscope, black scrubs, white non-skid shoes, white lab coat, and a watch with a second hand. (These items are required by the second week of the program. Scrubs and coat may be purchased at Walmart, Scrubs and Tees, Uniform Advantage)
There is a required pre-assessment test of Math and English. The test will be offered after the Information Session.
Be sure to complete the Required Healthcare Application.