Patient Care Technician
With training as a Patient Care Technician, also known as a patient aide, graduates will be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, and doctors’ offices. The Patient Care Technician program combines training in Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician courses. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to take the Certified Patient Technician/Assistant exam offered through NHA and earn the designation of CPCT/A.
Students will rotate through hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and clinics in the MTC service area for practical experience in ECG and cardiac monitoring. Students will be required to comply with regulations required by off-campus clinical sites, which include a background check, drug screening, provide proof of required immunizations. Successful completion of Medical Terminology with a C or better is a prerequisite of the EKG Technician course.
How to Enroll
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|On-Campus||Traditional. Classes meet on campus.|
|Virtual||100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.|
|Hybrid||Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.|
|Online||100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.|
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Students will learn medical terminology by analyzing the prefix, suffix, word roots, and combinations used in medical terms. This course is a prerequisite for other courses and medical certificate programs. This course may be used for exemption of AHS 102 PLEASE NOTE: If you are registered for the ONLINE version of this class, the first day of the ONLINE class will meet IN-PERSON. This meeting is mandatory, so that the student can be a part of the online course orientation and receive course materials. If you have any additional questions or if you are unable to attend the in person meeting, please contact us at 803-732-0432.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
This DHHS-approved course prepares students to sit for the Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Students receive training in basic nursing care through classroom lecture, simulated lab care, and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term care facility.
Which will allow you to have a career in a variety of healthcare settings in SC. You will learn to follow universal precautions, tie tourniquets, identify veins, and demonstrate knowledge and use of equipment necessary for drawing blood. The course includes 30 hours of lecture with 45 hours of simulation and clinical rotation hours.
The ability to read and recognize heart rhythms is the main function of the cardiac care technician. Students will receive hands-on experience in interpreting heart rhythms and arrhythmias. Topics also include anatomy and physiology of the heart, mechanics of the EKG machine, stress testing, and Holter monitoring. The course consists of 75 classroom hours and 45 lab hours. Clinical hours will vary. Prerequisite course: CEMPR 524 or AHS 102 (Medical Terminology)
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Patient Care Technician
The patient care technician may work in a variety of health care facilities or environments to provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc. In addition to this, patient care technicians may obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs, perform phlebotomy procedures, and accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly.
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Average Annual Salary
Where Can I Work?
- Medical Clinics
What’s next after I complete this program?
Enter the Workforce
Earn an average starting salary of $33,000 as a Patient Care Technician, also known as a patient aide. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, and doctors’ offices.