Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Patient Care Technicians work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. As vital members of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care and comfort measures, take vital signs, collect specimens, and much more.

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A)
  • Certified Electrocardiography (CET)
  • Certified Phlebotomy (CPT)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Patient Care Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of patient care
  • Hands-on learning in on-site medical laboratories that simulate the clinical environment
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a Patient Care Practicum at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of New Jersey licensed Registered Professional Nurse (RN) instructors

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Internship courses are only offered online.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

HEA2200 Medical Terminology

3 Credits

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

MED1130 Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography

3 Credits

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn how to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed. Students will also learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, and demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on professional attitudes and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1100

MED1140 Specimen Collection and Procedures

3 Credits

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

PCT1010 Foundations of Patient Care

6 Credits

Introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers in nursing care settings, as well as the associated legal and ethical considerations. This course also introduces students to the fundamental components of patient care and the application of techniques and procedures required to provide basic care.

PCT1320 Advanced Patient Care

3 Credits 

Builds the foundational knowledge required to provide safe and effective patient care; nutrition and fluid intake; comfort, rest and sleep; as well as the management of patients with injuries; and how to assist in the nursing process of patient admission, discharge, and transfer.

Prerequisite: PCT1010

PCT2320 Patient Care Practicum

3 Credits

Provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in all previously completed courses to the acute care environment or laboratory with the supervision of a New Jersey Licensed Registered Nurse. Prerequisite: CPR certification and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

Corequisite: PCT2700

PCT2700 Patient Care Capstone

3 Credits

Requires the integration of knowledge, skills, and techniques attained throughout the program. Critical thinking and teamwork skills are assessed through workplace-based case studies. This course stresses entry-level job requirements, upward career paths, resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and networking. Prerequisite or

Corequisite: PCT1320

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CORE COURSES

SCI1100 Anatomy and Physiology I

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the special senses.

SCI2100 Anatomy and Physiology II

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI1100

SOC2225 Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

33 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Patient Care Technician program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to being accepted into the program. Prior to participating in clinical rotations, student must submit a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional. Students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician program are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Extensive criminal background checks may be repeated after admission at the request of clinical facilities, and positive findings may prevent students from completing the clinical portion of the program, graduating, and participating in certification exams. Health requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician program must pass Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, all Patient Care Technician (PCT), and all Medical (MED) courses with a minimum grade of C as well as participate in the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification examination. Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania do not require individuals to earn the CPCT/A credential before becoming eligible for employment. The College has not made a determination with respect to certification requirements of other states. Employers may require the CPCT/A credential or prefer candidates who have obtained the CPCT/A credential.

This program requires students to participate in the Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA) and Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA) exam. Additionally, students must take and pass the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA) exam.

Information about program costs (including tuition, fees, books and supplies) is available at: https://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2019-2020/admissions/certificate-program-tuition-fees-2019-2020/index.html.

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE