Patient Care Technician Program
Non-Credit Courses and Certificates

Patient Care Technician

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Ideal for

students with a high school diploma, or equivalent, who are looking for an exciting opportunity to start a healthcare career or advance their skills, earn a better salary and have more job options in a changing work environment. Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) are valued members of many health care teams. They work in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, physician offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. The PCT Program will expand the knowledge and skills of the nurse aide to care for patients with complex and sometimes acute diagnoses. Learn the art and science of drawing blood specimens, accurately recording an electrocardiogram, and working within a sterile field used for surgical procedures.

Program Overview

The patient care technician program is a series of courses, including Certified Nurse Aide, which prepares you to enter the health care profession and care for a variety of patient populations. The courses may be taken on a part-time or full time basis in Waterbury or Danbury. 

PCT Package

 If you are ready to get started and want to finish quickly, then you should register for the all inclusive PCT package. The program schedule provides you all the required courses, medical terminology, and hospital clinical. This program calendar is designed to have you job ready in just months. Computers for Health Care and Math for Health Care are "bonus" course content offered to students that register for the PCT package. Students that already have their CNA may request to join the PCT package at a reduced rate. Please contact the Lifelong Learning Office for additional registration information.

PCT Modules

Some students wish to pursue courses at their own pace and choose their own plan. This option allows students to plan courses around other commitments. Not all courses are offered each semester. Course schedules often rotate from days and evening sessions and between Waterbury and Danbury locations. Please refer to the current semester course schedule for offerings. Download a Patient Care Technician Program Plan to track your progress and to apply for your completion certificate.

 


Course calendar

Course Calendar

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.

Program Coordinator:
Patricia A Targett
203-575-8253 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: F233
Courses

PCT Package

The PCT package provides a schedule with all the required courses and two electives, Medical Terminology and Hospital Clinical, in a preset calendar. The package price represents a reduced tuition total over taking all the individual courses.

Cost: $3,975

Course Schedule

 

 

 

 

Advanced Patient Care Skills

This course builds on the knowledge and skills of the CNA course.  Students will learn skills including: wound care and sterile dressings; respiratory procedures; advanced catheter care and specimen collection; pre and post-operative care; administration of enemas and colostomy care; nasogastric tubes and feeding tubes; and glucometer point of care testing. There will be opportunities for students to have extensive supervised hands-on practice in the skills laboratory. 24 hours

Cost: $340.00

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Alzheimer's and Other Cognitive Changes in the Elderly

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. This very informative and relevant course is designed to provide CNA’s and PCT’s with the most current knowledge and skills needed to work with and support this challenging population of people. Students will participate in lecture, discussion and role-playing activities designed to enhance understanding of these disorders, the best strategies for managing them, and how they affect the people and the families that we care for.  12 hours

Cost $200

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Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

In this classroom-based course, health care professionals learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  Participants who successfully complete the written exam and skills validation will receive an American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification card, valid for two years. This course meets most health care employers' requirements for formal BLS evaluation and meets the requirements for many health care education programs, including those at NVCC. 4.5 hours

A textbook is included in the price of the course and should be picked up during the week prior to class in Founders Hall, room F323 or at the Danbury Campus Administration Office.  Please be on time or you may be turned away at your own expense.

Cost $99.00

 

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Behavioral Health

This exciting hour course will help you recognize the signs and symptoms of common behavioral health disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorders, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and eating disorders. Learn to effectively deal with people of all ages suffering from behavioral health disorders and discuss how to recognize and cope with the stress in your own life as well as your patients and their families. The course materials are included in the cost of the course and will be provided in the first session. 12 hours

Cost $200.00

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Care of the Growing Family

 

Care of the Pediatric Client

Care of the Pediatric Client

Children are not "little adults" and require special care. This course will provide information and skills needed to effectively assist in the nursing care of infants, toddlers, school age children and adolescents.  Students will participate in lecture, discussion and skills lab. 12 hours. (Not part of the PCT Package)

Cost $209.00

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Compassionate Care for the End of Life

Do you want to or do you already take care of patients who have terminal illnesses? Have you been thinking about working in a hospice setting? Join our faculty, Pamela Swendsen, as you learn more about this gratifying and much-needed area of health care. You will learn about caring for these patients in home care, hospitals and in-patient hospices. This course is appropriate for PCT students and other health-care providers who would like to work in this field, or are already working with these types of patients and their families.

Cost $200

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Computers and EMR

Technology is an integral part of health care. Take a patient's blood pressure and then record it in the electronic medical record.  Answer the phone in the health provider's office and enter the new appointment in the computer schedule. Assist the resident with range of motion exercises and document it so the physical therapist will know it was completed.  This course will briefly review the basic skills required to operate a computer and introduce you to the practical applications used in health care today. 9 hours.

 

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Customer Service and Communication in Healthcare

As a healthcare worker, you are regarded as a partner in care and play a vital role in customer service.  Your body language, attention to etiquette, the way you give and receive messages, and how you interact with your patient and others are keys to their health care experience. Maximize successful communication and improve patient satisfaction. 3 hours

 

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EKG and Pulse Oximetry Skills

EKG and Pulse Oximetry Skills

Learn the knowledge and skills to accurately obtain a 12 lead EKG and pulse oximetry measurement. Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and function, lead and sensor placement, recognition of normal vs. abnormal readings and how to adapt to unusual patient situations will also be taught.  This course includes classroom and hands-on lab experience.  A textbook will be provided for your use for the duration of the course. 12 hours.

Cost $250

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Hospital Clinical

This is your opportunity to explore the dynamic world of acute care as you take your advanced care skills into a hospital setting.  You will care for various patient populations: medical, surgical, orthopedic, post-partum, emergency or others during your 20-hour clinical experience. Registration must be completed a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the start of the course.  Late registrations are not accepted. 30 hours

Prerequisites: Documentation of prerequisites must be provided to the Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning in F323 prior to the first class. Questions about prerequisites should be addressed prior to registration. Please contact the program coordinator, Patricia Targett

  • Current CNA Certification
  • Current Health Screening (within 1 year) that includes: Up-to-date immunizations, negative TB documentation and proof of flu vaccine. Download a Health Screening form.
  • Successful completion of Advanced Patient Care Skills course at NVCC

Cost $500.00

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Medical Terminology

The Language of Health Care

Ready to learn the "lingo" of health care?  Most jobs in health care require knowledge of medical terminology.  Be job ready! Learn basic word structure, suffixes and prefixes, organization and body systems, and medical specialty terminology. The emphasis is on giving you the basic, essential language to function effectively as a member of the healthcare team. 24 hours

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Patient Confidentiality

It's everyone's job, but not everyone's business! Patient confidentiality is protected by law and healthcare providers have the professional, ethical and legal obligation to protect it as well. Know which information you can or cannot discuss at the dinner table or at work, and the rules you must follow to be in compliance with the latest HIPAA privacy and security regulations. 3 hours.

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PCT Orientation

This required course will provide important information to prepare the student for success in the PCT program.  It is strongly recommended that students take this class first but registering within the first semester of course work is acceptable.

Cost $20

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Phlebotomy for the PCT

The art and science of drawing blood or phlebotomy is an important part of the role of many patient care technicians.  This course will include: skin puncture techniques, collection procedures, legal issues, safety concerns, infection control and quality assurance. Teaching methods include lecture and supervised hands-on practice in a simulated lab setting but does not include a clinical rotation.  30 hours.

Prerequisite: CNA

Cost $430

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Rehabilitation Skills

This course will provide the necessary skills to properly handle patients and facilitate optimal health and rehabilitation in any setting, including home care and assisted living. Learn body mechanics; bed positioning; mobility and transfer skills; balance and wheelchair training in this energizing class.  You will have lots of hands-on practice in the simulation lab. 24 hours.

Prerequisite: CNA, HHA, MA or permission of the coordinator.

Cost $250.00

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The Surgical Patient

 Are you interested in learning more about what goes on in the world of surgery?  This course will provide the opportunity to follow the path of the patient coming in for surgery from the preoperative preparation, the operation itself, to postoperative care and discharge planning. 

Prerequisites:

• Current CT CNA Certification

Cost $200

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Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

Important Information

Important Information

Prerequisites

  • Students must provide proof of high school diploma or GED. 
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in any of our Non-Credit health care programs. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration, you will be required to provide a parent/guardian waiver form.
  • A health screening, up-to-date immunizations and flu vaccine are required by the second week of class. Documentation must be in the form of a completed NVCC Health Form signed by a licensed health care provider. Appointments for health screening can sometimes take several weeks so please schedule early.
  • Students with criminal convictions may have difficulty finding employment in health care and may be denied clinical placement. All students are required to have a background check prior to clinical participation. Felony or misdemeanor offenses may preclude you from participating in clinical and mandate withdrawal from the program. No course refunds are available. Please consult the program coordinator prior to registration if you have any concerns.
  • Some individual courses require prerequisites. Please check course descriptions carefully.

Textbook and Educational Materials

  • No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course. (Unless otherwise advised in the course description).
  • Uniforms, dark blue v-neck scrub top and pants, along with white shoes/sneakers, are required to be worn for all classes, labs, and clinical. They must be washable. A watch with a second hand will also be required.

Homework 

  • Students should expect reading and assignments from each class. Plan on spending as much time on homework as you do in the classroom.

Other

  • Federal and State mandated attendance requirements must be met.
  • Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, some variations in dates and time may occur in course schedules.
  • All courses are not offered every semester.
  • PCT graduates receive a custom-designed NVCC PCT pin.

Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations

  • Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: nc@nv.edu Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course.

College Closing

  • College closings due to inclement weather are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (nv.edu), on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 

Students with Special Needs - ADA

  • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the  Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form. Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Adjustments are not retroactive. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process.

Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:



Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
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Payment Plan Information

Payment plans are available for PCT Package schedules. Please note there is a $25 fee to use a payment plan. Download and complete the payment plan for your selected course and present at registration with your first payment.

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Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Patient Care Technicians are employed in a variety of health care settings. The role and skills of the PCT may vary depending on what type of patient care is provided within a given setting. The PCT may be involved with assisting patients with the activities of daily living, specimen collection and diagnostic testing. The PCT will need technical, clerical and interpersonal skills to work effectively and with confidence. Most PCT’s can expect to earn an average annual income of $33,013 and commonly work shifts that may include nights, weekends and holidays. The job market for PCT's is growing and continued growth is expected. The Connecticut Department of Labor  projects employment in this occupation will grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.

Patient Care Technicians are not licensed or registered in Connecticut but employers require current, active status on the Connecticut Certified Nurse Aide Registry.  For questions regarding Certified Nurse Aide registration please contact the Department of Public Health. 

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