2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health Education - Patient Care Technician Certificate

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PGM Code – 329C, 375C, 382C, 391C

Program Description The Patient Care Technician Program is a cluster of planned, sequenced instruction designed to prepare a cross-trained health care worker. With multiple exit points, the program consists of the following modules: nursing assistant, EKG technician, phlebotomy technician, and advanced nurse assisting skills. Students are prepared to function as advanced patient caregivers under the supervision of the registered nurse.

Upon completion of individual program modules, students will be eligible for certification as a nursing assistant, phlebotomy technician, EKG technician and licensing as a Health Care Assistant Category “A” (WA State).

Completion of the nursing assistant module (or proof of current nursing assistant certification in WA state) is required to enter the Advanced Nurse Assisting skills module. The EKG technician and phlebotomy technician modules may be taken in any sequence. All modules must be completed to obtain the Patient Care Technician certificate.

Prerequisites Proof of completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent is required to enroll in the certificate classes. Course substitutions are allowed. Students with previous health care training may be able to waive prerequisites on adviser approval. Students must see their Allied Health faculty adviser to complete this process. New students must contact Enrollment Services, 425-640-1458, for initial advising appointment.

Criminal background checks are required for all Allied Health programs. Students should be aware that certain gross misdemeanors and felonies may disqualify them from participating in clinical externships and unable to complete their certificate. Future employment opportunities in the health care field may also be affected.

Students may request their background check from the Washington State Patrol (small fee required); students are encouraged to meet with an adviser if the background check reveals any activity that might disqualify them from the externship.

Summary of Occupational Exposure Students planning to enter the Patient Care Technician program or any of the modules contained within the program need to know that, as a health care provider, they are at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens. Tasks and procedures performed by the health care professional involve risks classified by the Center for Disease Control in the following ways:

• Category I – Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids to which universal precautions apply
• Category II – Activities performed without blood exposure but exposure may occur in emergencies
• Category III – Task/activity does not entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 36.5 credits or a minimum of 28.5 credits with documentation of a valid CNA license in Washington State. A minimum of one-third of the required credits must be earned from Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in the Phlebotomy and EKG technician modules and a grade of 2.5 or higher in the Certified Nursing Assistant and Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills modules to receive their certificates.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall. Note applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.

The advisers for this program are
Erika Ferreri | erika.ferreri@edcc.edu | 425.640.1924
Connie Lockwood | connie.lockwood@edcc.edu | 425.640.1691
Elizabeth Patterson | elizabeth.patterson@edcc.edu | 425.640.1061

Department website
Allied Health Education | www.edcc.edu/ahe

Gainful Employment
Gainful employment information  is available for this program.

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Certificate Prerequisites (minimum 17 credits)

The Patient Care Technician certificate requires the following prerequisites before beginning any of the certifications. Substitutions are allowed and students with previous health care training may be able to waive prerequisites on adviser approval. Adviser and Dean signatures are required.

Prerequisite Signatures

Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

I. Program Requirements (26.5 credits)

Nursing Assistant – Certified (8 credits)

 PGM Code - 329C

Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician/Monitor Technician (5 credits)

 PGM Code - 375C

Phlebotomy Technician (9 credits)

 PGM Code - 382C

Advanced Nursing Assisting (4.5 credits)

PGM Code - 391C

Students must complete the nursing assistant module or provide proof of valid Washington state nursing assistant certification before beginning the Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills Module.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Learning Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Function as members of a health care team to provide basic patient care.
  • Use appropriate medical language to communicate with co-workers and ancillary staff.
  • Perform duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice as outlined by the requirements of the Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG technician and Phlebotomy technician courses.
  • Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills within their scope of practice and in coordination with team members to foster good patient outcomes.
  • Understand and practice infection control per CDC, OSHA, and facility guidelines.
  • Use effective written and oral communication and listening skills in interactions with a diverse patient population.

II. Program Electives (select from the following to complete required credits)

Electives marked with an * meet prerequisite requirements for Registered Nursing programs and may have prerequisite requirements of their own.

Program Electives Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the following Learning Outcome from Program Elective courses:

Demonstrate a breadth or depth of knowledge and skill, according to the students’ independent selection of degree elective courses or according to the program’s specialized areas of focus.


Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2012  |  Rev: 06/12

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