Sep 27, 2023
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, monitor technician, phlebotomy technician, and advanced nurse assisting or emergency room technician skills. Students are prepared to function as advanced patient caregivers under the supervision of a licensed 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 which eliminates the requirement of AHE 162 and 164.
|Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.
Program Requirements (41 or 33 with CNA license)
- 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.
*See Program Requirements Note
Program Electives (to complete a total of 44 credits or 36 with CNA license)
**See Program Electives Note
The program code for this certificate is HSAPCC20. 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.
*Program Requirements Notes:
- Upon completion of the appropriate courses, students will be eligible for certification as a nursing assistant, acute care nursing assistant, monitor technician, EKG technician, and/or phlebotomy 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 (NAANACO1), Acute Care CNA (NAAACC20), Monitor Technician (ELTMTCO1), EKG Technician (ELTETCO1), Clinical Lab (CMLCLC20), and Phlebotomy Technician (PHLPTCO1).
- Students with limited computer skills are encouraged to consider taking BSTEC 129 - PC Basics.
- Participation in externship classes requires documentation of immunization, TB testing 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.
- All students will be required to set up an account with CastleBranch (www.castlebranch.com) to store immunization documentation and complete a criminal background check for a fee.
- Students may be placed in a Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW) consortium site, which requires an extra fee.
- Students will be required to complete additional facility-specific onboarding documents. Failure to do so may result in denial of clinical placement.
- Those wishing to work as an ER Tech are required to pass AHE 141 and AHE 143 to be employed.
**Program Electives Note:
- Electives marked with an asterisk (*) meet prerequisite requirements for Registered Nursing programs and may have prerequisite requirements of their own.
The advisors for this program are:
Terri Glazewski | email@example.com | 425.640.1691
Erika Ferreri | firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.640.1924
Brent Leithauser | email@example.com | 425.640.1369
Elizabeth Patterson | firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.640.1061
Department website: Allied Health Education | edmonds.edu/ahe
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 College. 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.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.
PLAN/STACK - HSAPCC20
TC - 44 or 36 w/CNA
CIP - 510000
Last revised - 2022/07/08