Patient Care Technician

600 Hours: 30 Weeks
Credential Issued: Diploma

Upon completion of this program students will have the technical and clinical skills to apply and sit for the State of Florida Board of Nursing Certification exam to qualify as a Certified Nursing Assistant and seek employment.

As a patient care technician (PCT), our students will have daily hands-on experiences with patients by helping them with procedures such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography (ECG), blood draws, hemodialysis, and other needs. Our students will be trained to work in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities and home health care agencies

Programs of four hundred fifty (450) or more clock hours or the credit hour equivalent shall administer a basic skills examination to each student who enrolls, unless the student has provided evidence of a high school graduation diploma, general equivalency diploma, or its equivalent.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- The student must have parental or guardian consent and signature if less than 18 years old.
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Have a personal interview.
- Submit a signed enrollment agreement.
- Submit a medical report attesting to good health. There is a fee.


Course # Course Title Theory Lab/Clinic Ext. Total Hours
HHPCT 101 Overview of the Human Body 60 20 80
HHPCT 102 Medical Terminology 10 10
HHPCT 103 Transmission of Disease 14 10 24
HHPCT 104 Healthcare Delivery System and Health 10 10
HHPCT 105 Communication and Interpersonal Skills 10 4 14
HHPCT 106 Understanding Wellness and Disease Concepts 10 10
HHPCT 107 Safety and Security/Practice Procedures 14 10 24
HHPCT 113 Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patients 16 14 30
GEN 201 Emergency Response 10 4 14
GEN 202 HIV/AIDS and Infection Control Procedures 4 14
HHPCT 108 Computer Literacy and Employment Skills 14 12 26
HHPCT 109 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities for NA 10 10
HHPCT 110 Physical Comfort and Safety Functions Specific to NA 10 10 20
HHPCT 112 Principles of Nutrition 6 6
GEN 203 Domestic Violence 2 2
GEN 204 Medication Assistance Training 10 2 12
HHPCT 114 Supervised Management Functions and Patient Plan of Care 8 8
HHPCT 111 Personal Patient Care 24 12 36
HHPCT 115 Restorative (Rehabilitative) Activities 10 10 20
HHPCT 116 Phlebotomy 40 20 40 100
HHPCT 117 EKG 40 20 40 100
HHPCT 118 Clinic 40 40
Totals 328 152 120 600
- The Human Body in Health and Illness, Text and workbook by Barbara Herlihy, 5th Edition, Saunders, ISBN# 978-1-4557-7234-6, 2014
- Human Diseases by Marianne Neighbors & Ruth Tannehill-Jones, 3rd Edition, Thomas Delmar Learning 2009
- Clinical Procedures for Medical Assisting by Booth, Whicker, Wyman, Pugh, Thompson, 3rd Edition, Mc Graw-Hill, 2009
- Administrative Procedures for Medical Assisting by Booth, Whicker, Wyman, Pugh, Thompson, 3rd Edition, Mc Graw-Hill, 2009
- Introduction to Health Careers by Sabrina Hutton Edmond, Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, 2011
- Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach, Hegner, Acello, Caldwell., 10th ed., Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning, 2010; ISBN: 1418066095
- Medical Terminology for Health Professionals, By Erlich, Ann, Thompson/Delmar Learning, 2010 ISBBN 4018 6026 S
- Multiskilling: Advanced Skills for Health Care Providers, 2nd Edition, Barbara Acello, Delmar Publishers, 2010, ISBN/ISSN: 1-4180-0133-3

Tuition & Fees
Tuition and other registration fees are due on or before the last day to register for any given semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar regarding the registration deadline. Students will not be officially enrolled in Healing Hands Institute until all fees are fully paid. Any students owing money to Healing Hands Institute, regardless of the debt, will not be permitted to register.
The selection process of Healing Hands Institute will allow for admission of students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give Healing Hands Institute a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.
Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Institute. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

Payment Methods
Financial Aid Advisement
The school is not accredited or approved for Title IV funding. The school does not offer Financial Aid. The admissions representative provides information about payment plans. Advisement includes determining if the individual wants to pay in full or make a deposit and pay the balance in installments. Tuition and fees may be paid by credit card, check, or money order at the Administration Department. On or before the last day of the Registration Period, the students should have either

- paid in full
- or paid a deposit of $100.00 or more and elected to participate in the Payment Plan that allows students to pay in installments.

Those students who choose to pay in installments during the semester must do so according to the Payment Plan, with a minimum deposit of $100.00 and the rest paid in installments with no interest charges, payable on Installment Due Dates, as set forth by each individual student. All installments must be paid one month prior to the end of the semester. All late payments will have a penalty of $25 late fee charge to the account.

Course Wheel

Describe cells structure and function in healthy and diseased tissue. List four main types of tissues; define chemical processes that maintain life. DNA role of human genetic. Identify body cavities and organs. Describe structure and functions of each body system. Identify common diseases in each body system.
Learn correct anatomical terminology to describe location of parts or areas of the body. Use correct medical terminology including prefixes and suffixes. Understanding medical terminology and abbreviations.
List and explain direct and indirect causes of disease, explain chain of transmission. Immune system, homeostasis and the body’s defense mechanism. Medical asepsis. Hand washing and insulation, surgical asepsis correct disposal of biohazard material per OSHA
Basic components of the health care delivery systems types of health care providers and range of services, the roles and responsibilities of the health care team, professionalism and trends in health care.
Listening and observational skills verbal and no verbal cues, effective written communication; cultural diversity, telephone skills, direction reports and opinions
Body systems personal health practices and environmental factors, psychological reactions to illness the grief process, positive self-image, and Wellness and stress control plan. Biological, psychological and social support. Human needs. Family roles and patient and family emotional needs.
Safe use of Medical equipment recognize and report safety hazards, security procedures for medical supplies and equipment, proper body mechanics, patient identification safe patient transport and transfers, and fire safety and evacuation procedures.
Monitor and record vital signs, legal parameters of administering emergency care, BLS skills. First aid and emergency care, adverse drug related emergencies. CPR Child and adult CPR skills.
Overview of HIV/AIDS. Knowledge of blood borne disease and AIDS HIV and AIDS awareness
Computer skills needed in a medical environment. Employment skills. Getting ready for work, resume interview skills, follow up, how to excel in the job search process
Chain of command, policies and procedures affecting health, safety, and patient well-being substance abuse, legal guidelines in charting promoting resident rights.
Maintain patient units and equipment, service areas on units, changes in patient’s daily behavior, adjust bed, lift, hold and transfer, turn and position, apply protective and comfort devices, assist patient in ambulation, care of prosthetic device administered back rub, and describe emergency procedures
Assisting with bed, making beds, shower, or tub bath, growing, oral hygiene, toileting, dressing, meals bowel bladder training and perinea care. Admitting, transfer and discharge of patient. Measuring and recording patient’s statistics, range of motion exercises, collect urine and stool specimens, monitor catheter drainage, monitors fluids observation of patient emesis, enema of five ounces or less. Skills related to personal patient care in Hospital Care for transfer patient to stretcher; prepare hot and cold applications, assist patient to apply binder care for patient skin and skeletal traction, pre and post-operative care: dressing
Identify nutrients foods groups, personal preferences, special diets, food plans, fluids balance, and check diet tray for accuracy. Nutrition pyramid
General characteristics and safety principles related to the elderly, community resources. Reality orientation techniques, diversional activities, behavior special care. Assisting with physical exam, care for patient receiving oxygen therapy, changing unsterile dressing, take apical-radial and pedal pulse, cast care, and contact lens care.
How to be alert to potential domestic violence and what to do
Safe and proper assisting of patient with their medication
Prerequisite: HHPCT 111
Translation: A student must take HHPCT111 before taking HHPCT 115
-Assist patient with restorative and rehabilitation needs to reach optimum level of independence
This course is designate to provide the student with the knowledge skills and techniques necessary to perform phlebotomy in the health care setting. Anatomic, structures and the functions of the body systems will be reviewed, with emphasis on the circulatory system. Instruction will also include infection controls, protocols following universal precaution, as well as the transporting and processing of specimens and the practice of quality assurance and safety
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and technique necessary to perform ECG in the healthcare setting. Anatomic structure of heard, vessel and function will be reviewed with emphasis on the electrical conduction system of the heart. Performing electrocardiography. ECG electrode placement. The ECG tracing and the medical record. Typical ECG rhythm abnormalities.
Prerequisite: HHPCT 101, HHPCT 102, HHPCT 103, HHPCT 104, HHPCT 105, HHPCT 106, HHPCT 107, HHPCT 113, GEN 201, GEN 202, HHPCT 108, HHPCT 109, HHPCT 110, HHPCT 112, GEN 203, GEN 204, HHPCT 114, HHPCT 111, HHPCT 115, HHPCT 116, HHPCT 117
Translation: A student must take HHPCT 101, HHPCT 102, HHPCT 103, HHPCT 104, HHPCT 105, HHPCT 106, HHPCT 107, HHPCT 113, GEN 201, GEN 202, HHPCT 108, HHPCT 109, HHPCT 110, HHPCT 112, GEN 203, GEN 204, HHPCT 114, HHPCT 111, HHPCT 115, HHPCT 116, HHPCT 117 before taking HHPCT118
-Clinic: Supervised experiential training in a licensed nursing home under the supervision of a clinical instructor. Practice of skills learned in the classroom including personal care, feeding, bed making, and completion of a clinical Checklist.

Retention Rates

2013 - 2014 2014 -2015 2015 - 2016
Students Retention Students Retention Students Retention
Total 10 100% 12 100% 4 100%

Placement Rates

2013 - 2014 2014 - 2015 2015 - 2016
Placement Rate Placement Rate Placement Rate
Total N/A 100% 100%
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