The Patient Care Technician Certificate Program at HSIR is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a Patient Care Technician by developing the working knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform basic care for patients in a healthcare facility. Students will learn to assist patients in such tasks as grooming, eating, or walking, and will assist nurses in monitoring patients.
Students in a patient care certificate program can expect to participate in a variety of didactic, laboratory, and clinical exercises in which they will learn about the following topics: CPR and first aid, EKG, phlebotomy, measuring vitals, and interacting with patients. Patient Care Technicians provide assistance to patients in hospitals, doctor's offices and nursing homes. A Patient Care Technician is mainly focused on working closely with patients; in conjunction with nurses they help perform basic care for patients, such as assisting them in using the restroom, serving meals or changing bedding.
Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Patient Care Technician certification examination.