2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health Education - Patient Care Technician Certificate

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Program Description The Patient Care Technician Certificate 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/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. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 44 credits as outlined OR a minimum of 36 credits with documentation of a valid CNA license in Washington state.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (36 credits minimum)


  1. Function as members of a health care team to provide basic patient care.
  2. Use appropriate medical language to communicate with co-workers and ancillary staff.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills within their scope of practice and in coordination with team members to foster good patient outcomes.
  5. Understand and practice infection control per CDC, OSHA, and facility guidelines.
  6. Use effective written and oral communication and listening skills in interactions with a diverse patient population.

*See Program Requirements Note

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is 328C. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record. 
  • Upon completion of this certificate, students will be eligible for certification as a nursing assistant, phlebotomy technician, and/or EKG technician.  In addition, students will be eligible for licensing as a Medical Assistant Phlebotomist (WA State).
  • The following Certificates of Completion are embedded in this program: Nursing Assistant (329C), EKG Technician (375C), and Phlebotomy Technician (382C).

The advisors for this program are:
Erika Ferreri | erika.ferreri@edcc.edu | 425.640.1924
Elizabeth Patterson | elizabeth.patterson@edcc.edu | 425.640.1061
Brent Leithauser | brent.leithauser@edcc.edu | 425.640.1369
Terri Glazewski | terri.glazewski@edcc.edu | 425.640.1691

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

*Program Requirements Note: Participation in externship classes requires documentation of immunization, TB and criminal background status prior to registering for those classes. Students are advised that clinical placement may be denied if immunization records and CPR are not current or if there is a criminal history that the facility considers unacceptable.

**Program Electives Note: Electives marked with an asterisk (*) meet prerequisite requirements for Registered Nursing programs and may have prerequisite requirements of their own.

Certificate General Information

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Program of Study Outcomes Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

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 an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

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.

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

College Resources

Gainful Employment Information may be available for this program.



Dean’s Signature and Date Advisor’s Signature and Date
Eff: Summer 2017  

Internal Coding

EPC - 328C
TC - 44 OR 38 w/CNA
CIP - 510000
Last revised - 2016/11/04

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