Nursing Programs

Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician is a three-phase program that is based on the Health Science and Medical Technology industry sector of the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.

PCT 101 is the Nursing assistant course, which exceeds the mandated 160 hours by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This combined lecture/lab course teaches the student the theory and clinical skills needed to work with residents/patients in a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation facility. It is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for a patient in an acute care setting or a resident in a long-term care setting. Students who successfully complete the course can sit for the California State Certification as a Nurse Assistant. First Aid certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) is included in this portion of the course.

PCT 102 emphasizes instructions in acute care for the Certified Nursing Assistant in an acute care facility. The course provides a comprehensive review of nursing assistant skills with emphasis on acute care units, such as medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric, and orthopedic, etc. The Certified Nursing Assistant will have the opportunity to be trained in various departments of the acute care facility within their scope of practice. Students are prepared for certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) through the American Heart Association (AHA). In addition to the certification, students are introduced to basic knowledge of electrocardiogram (EKG).

PCT 103 is the combined lecture/lab course for home health aide, which teaches the student the theory and clinical skills needed to work with clients in the home care setting. Upon successful completion of this portion of the program, the instructor will submit the names of successful eligible students to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for certification as a Home Health Aide (CDPH makes the final decision in all certification eligibility).

 Primary Duties:

  • Basic patient care like bathing, feeding, and catheter care 
  • Maintains the safety of patients who have been identified at risk for preventable injury by the implementation of nursing safety interventions or the use of protective devices/equipment under the supervision of the registered nurse.
  •  Reports all patient activity to the registered nurse in a timely manner.
  • Acquiring, distributing, and administering patient care supplies as needed. 
  • Collecting laboratory specimens 
  • Ensuring the cleanliness of patient rooms and conducting safety checks
  • Monitoring and recording changes in patient health and vital signs
  • Performing EKG
  • Utilizes computer/handheld devices for documentation.

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Comprehensive Program

Patient Care Technician

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Course schedule is subject to change.

Riverside – Alessandro 

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COST: $10,100

Financial Aid available for those who qualify.

20 weeks : September 3, 2024 – January 30, 2025
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday*

20 weeks : February 4, 2025 – June 20, 2025
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday*

*Internship – Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.