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Patient Care Technician Courses

Our Patient Care Technician training classes at Salter Nursing begin with the essentials of Nursing Assistant skills, and then continue on to teach Phlebotomist skills and Electrocardiograph Technician skills. A mixture of lectures, labs, and clinical classes aims to inform students on skilled nursing techniques.

Sample Patient Care Technician Courses at Salter Nursing

Title of Course Course Description

Licensed Nursing Assistant

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to acquire confidence in direct caregiving for individuals in skilled nursing, long term care, and home care settings. It provides a humanistic, holistic, and restorative approach to care. The course contains practical information and techniques based on current practices and is in compliance with Federal OBRA and the State of NH Board of Nursing regulations.

Phlebotomy

This course provides the practical skills necessary to successfully collect, process, and transport blood specimens. Students are trained in routine venipuncture, winged infusion, and skin puncture methods of blood collection. Students initially draw from training devices and when they meet proficiency, they will draw blood from one another and patient volunteers.

Electrocardiography

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a record of the electrical activity of the heart. Students learn how to administer the EKG, including preparing the patient, performing the procedure, and ensuring the machine functions properly. Students also learn the stress test (both pharmacological and exercise) and Holter monitoring.

Computers in Healthcare

This course provides students with a basic understanding of computer technology, its use and impact on healthcare professions, and basic knowledge of specific software programs. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR/EHR) are covered.

 

The Patient Care Technician curriculum also features introductory courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology. A Professional Issues course gives an overview of the health care system and the basics of medical law and ethics for healthcare professionals, including patients’ rights and liability issues. Career development skills like resume building and interview skills are also featured subjects.

Preparing Students for PCT Careers

The Patient Care Technician training program requires 603 hours of coursework. All clinical and lab sessions are held at our campus in Manchester, NH. Students also experience hands-on training during an internship in a healthcare facility in the nearby community.

Upon graduating, students may independently schedule their national certification exams. If you’d like the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping patients every day, then becoming a Patient Care Technician is a great place to start!