2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health Education - Patient Care Technician Certificate

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The Patient Care Technician Program is a cluster of planned, sequenced instruction designed to prepare a cross-trained health care worker. With multiple exit points, the program consists of the following modules: nursing assistant, EKG technician, phlebotomy technician, and advanced nurse assisting skills. Students are prepared to function as advanced patient caregivers under the supervision of the registered nurse.

Upon completion of individual program modules, students will be eligible for certification as a nursing assistant, phlebotomy technician, EKG technician and licensing as a Health Care Assistant Category “A” (WA State).

Completion of the nursing assistant module (or proof of current nursing assistant certification in WA state) is required to enter the Advanced Nurse Assisting skills module. The EKG technician and phlebotomy technician modules may be taken in any sequence. All modules must be completed to obtain the Patient Care Technician certificate.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

Students are advised to:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.
Erika Ferreri erika.ferreri@edcc.edu
Connie Lockwood connie.lockwood@edcc.edu
Elizabeth Patterson elizabeth.patterson@edcc.edu
Department website

Credit/Grade Requirements This Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 26.5 credits or a minimum of 18.5 credits with documentation of a valid CNA license in Washington State. A minimum of one-third of the required credits must be earned from Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in the Phlebotomy and EKG technician modules and a grade of 2.5 or higher in the Certified Nursing Assistant and Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills modules to receive their certificates.

Prerequisites Proof of completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent is required to enroll in the certificate classes. Course substitutions are allowed. Students with previous health care training may be able to waive prerequisites on adviser approval. Students must see their Allied Health program adviser to complete this process.

Criminal background checks are required for all Allied Health programs. Students should be aware that certain gross misdemeanors and felonies may disqualify them from participating in clinical externships and unable to complete their certificate. Future employment opportunities in the health care field may also be affected.

Students may request their background check from the Washington State Patrol (small fee required); students are encouraged to meet with an adviser if the background check reveals any activity that might disqualify them from the externship.

Summary of Occupational Exposure Students planning to enter the Patient Care Technician program or any of the modules contained within the program need to know that, as a health care provider, they are at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens. Tasks and procedures performed by the health care professional involve risks classified by the Center for Disease Control in the following ways:

• Category I – Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids to which universal precautions apply
• Category II – Activities performed without blood exposure but exposure may occur in emergencies
• Category III – Task/activity does not entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood

College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

Note: This requirement planning sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College degree or certificate is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

PGM Code – 329C, 375C, 382, 391C
Effective summer 2011 | Rev: 02/11

Certificate Prerequisites

The Patient Care Technician certificate requires the following prerequisites (minimum 17 credits) before beginning any of the certifications. Substitutions are allowed and students with previous health care training may be able to waive prerequisites on adviser approval.

Certificate Requirements (26.5 credits)

Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician (5 credits):

Phlebotomy Technician (9 credits):

Advanced Nursing Assisting (4.5 credits):

Students must complete the nursing assistant module or provide proof of valid Washington state nursing assistant certification before beginning the Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills Module.

Select four credits minimum from the following elective courses.

Electives marked with an * meet prerequisite requirements for Registered Nursing programs and may have prerequisite requirements of their own.


* These electives meet prerequisite requirements for Registered Nursing programs and may have prerequisite requirements of their own.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing this certificate will be able to:

  • Function as members of a health care team to provide basic patient care.
  • Use appropriate medical language to communicate with co-workers and ancillary staff.
  • Perform duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice.
  • Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills within their scope of practice and in coordination with team members to foster good patient outcomes.
  • Perform First Aid and CPR.
  • Accurately record pertinent patient data such as vital signs, weight, input and output (I and O), and care provided.
  • Demonstrate correct performance of 24 skills required for success in the nursing assistant certification examination.
  • Understand and practice infection control per CDC, OSHA, and facility guidelines.
  • Explain the role of the Patient Care Technician in different environments and perform procedures such as but not limited to wound care, splinting, point of care testing.
  • Demonstrate the correct procedure for blood draws including tube selection and vein selection.
  • Demonstrate the correct placement of electrodes for the performance of a standard 12 lead EKG.
  • Practice responsible and confidential communications as required in health care practice.
  • Use effective written and oral communication and listening skills in interactions with a diverse patient population.

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