Patient Care Technician
The Patient Care Technician Program is a one-year certificate that provides students with entry-level knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the health care field. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, patient care technicians are most commonly employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and home health care agencies. Daily hands-on direct and indirect patient care include, but not limited to, taking vitals, performing personal care, performing ECGs, blood draws and specimen collection.
Patient Care Technicians work closely with nurses, nursing assistants, and other health care professionals. Most work will consist of 8-hour and/or 12-hour shifts, which could include evenings, weekends, and holidays. If you are considering this field, you must be able to accurately record and report information, maintain confidentiality, and present a calm and professional demeanor to patients, families, and co-workers. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Patient Care Technician to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Employment of Patient Care Technicians is projected to grow 11% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.
Upon successful completion of NUA.105, the student will be eligible to take the Illinois State Certified Nursing Assistant examination.
Students will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Patient Care Technician Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may prevent entrance into the Program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at clinical sites.
Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
For Additional Information Contact:
The Welcome Center
For Graduation Requirements:
See the graduation policies and procedures (p. 30) page for details.
|Fall Semester||Semester Hours|
|ALH.130||Professionalism in Healthecare||2|
|ALH.140||Human Body in Health & Illness||3|
|ALH.135||Health Professionals Success Strategies||1|
|NUA.105||Basic Nursing Assistant Training||8|
|Phlebotomy & Clinical Labratory
or Clinical Laboratory Procedures
|ALH.155||Principles of Electrocardiography||1|
|PCT.125||Patient Care Technician||3|
|ALH.180||Ecg Technician Practicum||2|
|Emergency Rm TECHNICIAN
or Home Health Aide
|ALH.150||Career Development for Health Profes||2|
|PCT.180||Patient Care Technician Practicum||2|
|Total Semester Hours||33|
**NOTE: In order to graduate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better. **