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Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician Program is one of the most versatile in the medical field today. On successful completion, you are eligible to take the Certification exam to become the National Certified Patient Care Technician. PCTs work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health settings, rehabilitation centers, and more. They usually work under the direct supervision of a registered or licensed nurse or physician. Opportunities are plentiful and on the rise!

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Gen Tech - Patient Care Technician

The Associate in Applied Science, major in General Technology degree program allows students to select coursework to become multi-skilled technicians. The degree contains a general education component. The required core includes a primary technical specialty of at least 21 credit hours from a single content area. The secondary technical specialty consists of at least 12 semester hours from a program currently offered by the College. The other hours required for graduation allow for a third technical specialty or enhance the primary and secondary technical specialty areas.

Admission Criteria:

High school diploma or equivalent

COMPASS placement scores:
Pre-algebra 54 or greater OR a minimum grade of "C" in MAT 033
Writing 70 or greater 
Reading 81 or greater 

OR

Accuplacer placement scores:
Arithmetic 90 and Elem. Alg. 57 or greater
Sentence Skills 75 or greater
Reading Comp. 71 or greater

Patient Care Technician

Patient care technicians are multi-skilled healthcare providers, with training in basic patient care, blood collection, and electrocardiography. PCTs may be employed in hospitals, long-term care, assisted living places, clinics, labs, and doctor's offices. Students will be able to take the SC Certified Nursing Assistant exam (CNA). The program is two semesters. Certification is required to move through the Patient Care Technician program.

TAKE AHS-102; Minimum Grade C
Take AHS-116; Minimum Grade C
TAKE AHS-117; Minimum Grade of C
TAKE AHS-120; Minimum Grade C
TAKE AHS-141; Minimum Grade C
TAKE AHS-145; Minimum Grade C
TAKE AHS-176; Minimum Grade C
TAKE BIO-112; Minimum Grade C
Complete ENG-155 (Minimum Grade of C)

Admission Criteria:

High school diploma or equivalent

COMPASS placement scores:
Pre-algebra 54 or greater OR a minimum grade of "C" in MAT 033
Writing 70 or greater 
Reading 81 or greater 

OR

Accuplacer placement scores:
Arithmetic 90 and Elem. Alg. 57 or greater
Sentence Skills 75 or greater
Reading Comp. 71 or greater

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