The Nurse Aide (also known as Patient Care Technician) program prepares students to perform routine patient-related services in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Students will learn medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; medical law and ethics; emergency care procedures; clinical diagnostic – examination, testing, and treatment procedures; and externship under physicians’ supervision. The field is intended for the individual who has the ability, desire, and pride to support the essential health care responsibilities delegated by the doctor.
A nurse aide learns several skills such as: recording vital signs like temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate & blood pressure, measuring height and weight, preparing the examination room to be ready for the physician to examine the patient, blood draw (phlebotomy skills), performing different modes of EKG. Additional skills a student learn are patient care skills which may include but not limited to range of motion exercises, patient transfer skills, gait techniques, patient protection and hygiene,patient positioning etc.
MTY101 Medical Terminology
In this phase the students will learn medical terms, including prefixes, root words, and suffixes. The student will study provider and medical abbreviations as well as disease, psychology and treatment methodology. This course will emphasize studying the following body systems: urinary, integumentary, musculoskelotal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, nervous, endocrine, eyes, ears, nose and throat.
MAP201 Medical Anatomy and Physiology
Students will learn the structure and function of human anatomy, including the integumentary, musculoskelotal, digestive systems, including the neuroendocrine, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and Circulatory systems.
COM101 Communication Skills
This subject prepares technicians to verbal and nonverbal communication aspects to provide effective customer services. Students will learn proper communication techniques with a patient, patient satisfaction, conflict management and coping with stress.
MAA300 Asepsis/Infection Control/Vital Signs Procedures
Students will learn patient- centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by the physician including infection control procedures. Autoclaving and spore testing will be included. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in medical asepsis and will learn to take vital signs.
PCT101 Fundamentals of Patient Care
This subject provides an overview of the role patient care technicians play in a modern healthcare setting. Students will learn how to perform vital signs, measure and record height & weight, prepare examination room, communicate with patient, perform electrocardiography, draw blood from patient using different techniques, collecting specimens, equipment sterilization and disinfection, etc.
PCT102 Patient Care Skills
Students will learn how to calculate body mass index, measure apical pulse, indentify auscultatory gap, positioning of patients for variety of examinations, and performing complete physical examination. This subject teaches further duties and responsibilities of a patient care technician including the technical responsibilities that are often involved. Focus will be on mastery of the skills.
PHP100 Phlebotomy Procedures
Students will learn blood borne pathogens, hematology, and collect blood sample using hypodermic needles and body fluids from patients for laboratory testing. Students will learn prevention techniques for needle stick to phlebotomists. Students will study the circulatory system and practice safety-conscious, blood-drawing techniques.
PCT103 EKG Procedures
This subject introduces students to theories and practices related to the common diagnostic/clinical procedures and special lab tests involving cardiology and pulmonary patients. Students will learn to give electrocardiograms and read the charts; and perform different modes of electrocardiography like 10 lead EKG.
MAL302 Medical Law and Ethics
This course introduces students to the principles, procedures, and regulations involved in legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and assistants. The course includes HIPPA law interpretation and applications. Emphasis is placed on the legal aspects of office procedures, current ethical issues, and risk management as they relate to the practice and fiduciary responsibilities. Upon completion of the subject students will be able to: 1) discuss what and to whom information about a patient may be released; 2) discuss the medical assistant’s ethical obligations and restrictions; 3) explain the importance of a contract to a health care facility; and 4) list the six components of informed consent.
PCT104 Patient Care Externship
Students are placed in physicians’ office or medical services providing establishments. They work along with nurses, doctors and office staff and take active part in patient caring. Students will operate and maintain clinical equipments and prepare examination and treatment areas.
PCT105 PCT Certification Review
Students will review requirements for certification examination by national agencies such as MedCA. Students will be encouraged to prepare and take the certifying exam to improve their job prospects.