Patient Care Technician Program & Certification Info

Patient Care Technician Training Course at Larock Healthcare Academy

Larock Healthcare Academy offers a hands-on approach to training students to become Patient Care Technicians. During this 174-clock hour program, students will practice with their classmates to learn the various Patient Care skills they will use daily in their new careers. This program includes three certificates: Phlebotomy Technician, EKG/Cardiac Monitor Technician and of course Patient Care Technician. Larock’s future Patient Care Technician graduates will practice a routine venipuncture with a straight needle and winged-infusion set, a dermal puncture and a blood draw using the syringe method on different types of people, as well as a 12-lead EKG and rhythm interpretation. Proper patient identification, the order of draw, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and emergency procedures are a few of the other topics of content covered in the Patient Care Technician class.

Upon successful completion of the Patient Care Technician program, students will be given the option to test for a national certification awarded through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to become a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT). Graduates also have the opportunity to become certified in Phlebotomy and EKG.  Becoming a certified healthcare professional is strongly encouraged. Employment is not contingent upon it; however, it will make a new graduate more competitive in the Patient Care job market.

Training in the Classroom

Larock Healthcare Academy educates its students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician program with a curriculum developed by our team of experienced instructors and educators. Instructor-led lectures are presented with Larock’s Patient Care PowerPoint presentation.

During lecture, students are provided with handouts, workbook exercises, homework and evaluated through various methods such as quizzes and tests. Typically, students spend the first 2-½ hours in lecture and the last 1-½ practicing either running an EKG, performing a phlebotomy, or practicing patient care skills in a Simulation and Skills Laboratory.

 Training in the Simulation & Skills Laboratory

Instructors encourage students to begin developing and start practicing patient care procedures beginning on the second day of the class. During the 1-½ hour lab session in the phlebotomy portion of the program students will work with one another in a patient to Phlebotomist role play to perform the procedure step-by-step until proficiency is achieved as the same goes for EKG. Larock’s medical supplies and equipment meets and exceeds healthcare industry standards to ensure students are practicing with the same supplies they’ll use in their careers.

Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) Certification from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Graduates of Larock’s state-approved program will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET) examinations. These national certifications open the door to many different job opportunities as well as show dedication and proficiency in each field of your choice.

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