Patient Care Associate — Shelton
PCA150C — Certificate Program
CIP Code: 51.3902
SOC Code: 31-1014
Day, Afternoon, Evening Programs
|Total Semester Credit Hours||24.5|
|Weeks to Complete — Day||Approximately 31 weeks (including holidays and scheduled breaks)|
|Weeks to Complete — Afternoon||Approximately 31 weeks (including holidays and scheduled breaks)|
|Weeks to Complete — Evening||Approximately 44 weeks (including holidays and scheduled breaks)|
The 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.
- Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 90 Lab / Shop Hours 0 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 4.0 Prerequisites None
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. Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 90 Lab / Shop Hours 0 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 4.0 Prerequisites PCA111A Anatomy and Physiology I
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. Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 45 Lab / Shop Hours 45 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 3.5 Prerequisites
PC A111A, PC A112A
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. Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 30 Lab / Shop Hours 60 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 3.5 Prerequisites None
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. Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 45 Lab / Shop Hours 45 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 6.0 Prerequisites PCA111A , PCA112A, PCA123A
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. Lincoln Tech
Lecture Hours 45 Lab / Shop Hours 45 Total Hours 90 Total Credits 3.5 Prerequisites PCA111A , PCA112A , NA101A
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.
Course numbers and sequences are listed here for reference only. The actual delivery sequence of courses contained in this program may vary depending on individual campus scheduling. Courses identified as requiring a prerequisite delivery are marked with a single asterisk (*), as noted in the course description.
The Clinical practicum is a full-time commitment of 90 hours at 24 hours per week for 4 weeks for the day program and 16 hours per week for 6 weeks for the evening program. All weeks exclude holidays, course change days and make-up hours for absences during clinical practicum. Actual times are set by the clinical sites. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical site, as well as meals.
Maximum Time Frame (MTF) = 36.5 Semester Credits
The listing of credits is not meant to imply that credits can be transferred into college or other private career school programs. Transfer credits are at the sole discretion of the receiving school.