2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Vocational Nursing
Degree Plan: Patient Care Technician Certificate

(Level 1 Certificate)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code:C1.VN.PAT.CARE.TECH

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program is a certificate that prepares students for employment as a Patient Care Technician. The PCT Program provides didactic instruction and lab experience in the healthcare workforce skills of wellness theory, attitude development, the impact of cultural beliefs, patient care skills, safety issues, patient monitoring, health documentation, the management concepts necessary for effective health profession operations, pathology and general management of diseases and injuries across the lifespan.

Students will also learn the pharmacological principles of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, and routes of administration as well as the calculation of dosages. Graduates will be able to perform head-to-toe body systems assessments, perform EKG's and identify basic arrhythmias, perform venipuncture and I.V. starts and management, handle medical records, apply basic first aid skills, utilize Universal Precautions and develop a written patient teaching plan.

This credential results in the acquisition of Patient Care Technician workforce skills for graduates of the program and prepares candidates for successful completion of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant exam (CPCT/A). Successful completion of the CPCT/A exam will result in the candidate's eligibility to use the title Certified Patient Care Technician. The NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
HPRS 1201 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HPRS 1202 Wellness and Health Promotion 2
HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills 2
HPRS 2231 General Health Professions Management 2
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology 2
HPRS 2210 Basic Health Profession Skills 2 2
NUPC 1191 Special Topics in Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1
Semester Total 16
Minimum Hours Required 16

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.