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.
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
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• Current CT CNA Certification