Patient Care Associate - New Britain
PCA150C - Certificate Program
CIP Code: 51.3902
SOC Code: 31-1014
Day, Afternoon and Evening Programs
Program ObjectiveThe Patient Care Associate program provides students with the entry- level knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as a Patient Care Associate in a variety of healthcare settings. Patient Care Associates are integral members of the healthcare team and perform a full range of patient care duties or services under nursing or medical direction to oversee and monitor patients. As a vital member of the healthcare team, they are qualified to provide care by taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, observing and charting patient information, and reporting appropriate information to supervisors. In addition, the Patient Care Associate program prepares students in phlebotomy, electrocardiography, and nursing assistant skills. This program prepares students for certification testing, although there is no guarantee of passing the certification test and passing the test is not a graduation requirement. Graduates of this programs may be eligible to take the following certification exams: CNA, AHA Basic Life support for Healthcare provider, EKG Technician*, Phlebotomy Technician*, and Certified Patient Care Technician. Students will be required to complete out-of-class assignment in each course. *These certifications have added requirements for eligibility.
Course DescriptionThis course begins with a focus on basic medical terminology. In this section of the course, emphasis is placed on interpreting and comprehending the specialized vocabulary of the health care field. In addition, this course encompasses aspects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. It will relate to how the parts of the body influence each other and contribute to effective overall functioning in maintaining homeostasis.
Course DescriptionThis course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. The primary focus encompasses anatomy and physiology of the remaining systems and nutrition. This course also relates how the parts of the body influence each other and contribute to effective overall functioning in maintaining homeostasis.
Course DescriptionThis course teaches the student how to perform a 3-lead, 5-lead and 12-lead ECG (electrocardiography). Components of the ECG, theory, interventions, arrhythmia recognition, and clinical applications will be studied in this course.
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the student to clinical skills needed for specimen collection. Emphasis is placed on proper blood specimen collection and laboratory testing procedures. Students receive practical clinical experience with student to student practice draws and laboratory tests.
Course DescriptionStudents learn the fundamental components of direct patient care and the application of techniques and procedures to provide care to patients. Topics include introduction to patient care skills, basic therapeutic techniques, data collection, and communication skills, legal and ethical aspects that affect the practice of patient care technician, safety measures and vital signs. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the Nursing Skills Laboratory. Students will learn the information and practical skills necessary to complete the CNA written and competency evaluation test required by the state.
Course DescriptionStudents build on their patient care knowledge and skills in such areas as patient vital signs, support of the nursing care plan, fundamentals of basic nutrition, and care specific to different body systems. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the Nursing Skills Laboratory.