2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic 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 Certificate program is a cluster of planned, sequenced instruction designed to prepare a cross-trained healthcare worker. With multiple exit points, the program consists of the following modules: nursing assistant, EKG technician, phlebotomy technician, and advanced nurse assisting/emergency room technician skills. Students are prepared to function as advanced patient caregivers under the supervision of the registered nurse or as an emergency room technician.

Upon completion of individual program modules, students will be eligible for certification as a nursing assistant, phlebotomy technician, and EKG technician, as well as licensing as a Medical Assistant Phlebotomist (Wahington state).

Completion of the nursing assistant module (or proof of current nursing assistant certification in Wahington state) is required to enter the Advanced Nurse Assisting/ER Technician 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 healthcare 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 an initial advising appointment. Students wishing to transfer credits for their prerequisite classes must have completed the classes within the last five (5) years.

Criminal background checks are required for all Allied Health programs. Students should be aware that any criminal history may disqualify them from participating in clinical externships and unable to complete their certificate. Future employment opportunities in the healthcare field may also be affected.

Students are encouraged to meet with an adviser if the background check reveals any criminal activity. Externships must be completed within two (2) quarters of the theory and lab classes.

Summary of Occupational Exposure Students planning to enter the Patient Care Technician Certificate program, or any of the modules contained within the program, need to know that, as a healthcare provider, they are at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens. Tasks and procedures performed by the healthcare professional involve risks classified by the Centers 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 40 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 CC. 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, successful completion of the Phlebotomy Skills and Professional Competency Assessments, and a grade of 2.5 or higher in the Certified Nursing Assistant and Advanced Nurse Assisting/ER Technician Skills modules to receive their certificates.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. 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,
  • Communicate with an academic adviser, and
  • Submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.

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
Cindra McCrann | cindra.mccrann@edcc.edu | 425.640.1174

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

Gainful Employment
Gainful Employment Information is available for this program.

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

Program Requirements (26.5 - 29 credits)


  • 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.

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 / ER Technician (4.5-7 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 / ER Technician Skills Module.

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.



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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