From providing basic patient care to drawing blood and performing EKGs, the role of the patient care technician is quite varied. In fact, they’re involved in so many areas of their patients’ care, that they have more direct patient contact than most other medical professionals!
At the Harris Casel Institute, our patient care technician training program provides students with a comprehensive education in the fundamentals of the patient care technician career through training in:
- Basics of the home health care industry
- Nursing assistant skills
- Principals of nutrition
- Infection control
- Collecting lab specimens
- Medical terminology
At the conclusion of the program, graduates will be eligible for careers in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes and related healthcare facilities.
Patient Care Technician
Whether you’re taking vital signs, changing bed linens or helping to ambulate a patient, your role as a patient care technician will involve a lot of hands-on duties. With this in mind, you can expect your patient care technician training at the Harris Casel Institute to be very “hands on” in nature, as well. In addition to on-campus clinical practice, every student will complete an externship at an area medical facility where they’ll work under the supervision of a Certified Nursing Assistant to care for patients, develop their interpersonal skills, collect blood samples and prepare patients for electrocardiography tests. During the externship, students will also receive hands-on training in basic nursing functions such as wound care, staple removal and feeding tube care.
This hands-on coursework is supplemented by classroom training in the theoretical concepts of practical nursing, as well as preparation for the licensing examination they’ll take after graduation. The goal is to provide all students with a strong foundation that will enable them to move forward with their careers as licensed, healthcare professionals.