The PCT Certificate Program provides a schedule with all the required courses in a preset calendar. (297 hours)
This course builds on the knowledge and skills of the CNA course. Students will learn skills including: wound care and sterile dressings; respiratory procedures; advanced catheter care and specimen collection; pre and post-operative care; administration of enemas and colostomy care; nasogastric tubes and feeding tubes; and glucometer point of care testing. There will be opportunities for students to have extensive supervised hands-on practice in the skills laboratory. 24 hours
In this classroom-based course, health care professionals learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Participants who successfully complete the written exam and skills validation will receive an American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification card, valid for two years. This course meets most health care employers' requirements for formal BLS evaluation and meets the requirements for many health care education programs, including those at NVCC. 4.5 hours
Please be on time or you may be turned away at your own expense.
Technology is an integral part of health care. Take a patient's blood pressure and then record it in the electronic medical record. Answer the phone in the health provider's office and enter the new appointment in the computer schedule. Assist the resident with range of motion exercises and document it so the physical therapist will know it was completed. This course will briefly review the basic skills required to operate a computer and introduce you to the practical applications used in health care today. 9 hours.
As a healthcare worker, you are regarded as a partner in care and play a vital role in customer service. Your body language, attention to etiquette, the way you give and receive messages, and how you interact with your patient and others are keys to their health care experience. Maximize successful communication and improve patient satisfaction.
Learn the knowledge and skills to accurately obtain a 12 lead EKG and pulse oximetry measurement. Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and function, lead and sensor placement, recognition of normal vs. abnormal readings and how to adapt to unusual patient situations will also be taught. This course includes classroom and hands-on lab experience. A textbook will be provided for your use for the duration of the course. 8 hours.
This is your opportunity to explore the dynamic world of acute care as you take your advanced care skills into a hospital setting. You will care for various patient populations: medical, surgical, orthopedic, post-partum, emergency or others during your 18-hour clinical experience.
You will participate in classroom discussions and lectures, have a chance to try out new skills in a safe and comfortable environment in our simulated labs and then go on to gain experience in a clinical setting. Experienced registered nurse instructors will facilitate your learning in all areas. After successful completion of our 120 hour course, you will be prepared to take the State of Connecticut Nurse Aide Competency Exam; given on site and included in the cost of the course. You will learn about human anatomy, how to feed and bathe residents, safety when assisting someone to walk or use a wheelchair and how to care for patients of all ages and so much more.
Ready to learn the "lingo" of health care? Most jobs in health care require knowledge of medical terminology. Learn basic word structure, suffixes and prefixes, organization and body systems, and medical specialty terminology. The emphasis is on giving you the basic, essential language to function effectively as a member of the healthcare team. 24 hours
It's everyone's job, but not everyone's business! Patient confidentiality is protected by law and healthcare providers have the professional, ethical and legal obligation to protect it as well. Know which information you can or cannot discuss at the dinner table or at work, and the rules you must follow to be in compliance with the latest HIPAA privacy and security regulations. 3 hours.
The art and science of drawing blood or phlebotomy is an important part of the role of many patient care technicians. This course will include: skin puncture techniques, collection procedures, legal issues, safety concerns, infection control and quality assurance. Teaching methods include lecture and supervised hands-on practice in a simulated lab setting but does not include a clinical rotation. 9 hours
This course will provide the necessary skills to properly handle patients and facilitate optimal health and rehabilitation in any setting, including home care and assisted living. Learn body mechanics; bed positioning; mobility and transfer skills; balance and wheelchair training in this energizing class. You will have lots of hands-on practice in the simulation lab. 24 hours.
Degree and Certificate Credit Programs
Related Degree and Certificate Programs that may interest you.
- General Studies
- Human Services/Pre-Social Work, A.S.
- Liberal Arts and Sciences, A.S.
- Nursing, A.S.
- Physical Therapy Assistant, A.S.
- Radiologic Technology, A.S.
- Respiratory Care, A.S.
- Students must provide proof of high school diploma or GED.
- You must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in any of our Non-Credit health care programs. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration, you will be required to provide a parent/guardian waiver form.
- A health screening, up-to-date immunizations and flu vaccine are required by the second week of class. Documentation must be in the form of a completed NVCC Health Form PCT/CNA signed by a licensed health care provider. Appointments for health screening can sometimes take several weeks so please schedule early.
- Students with criminal convictions may have difficulty finding employment in health care and may be denied clinical placement. All students are required to have a background check prior to clinical participation. Felony or misdemeanor offenses may preclude you from participating in clinical and mandate withdrawal from the program. No course refunds are available. Please consult the program coordinator prior to registration if you have any concerns.
- Some individual courses require prerequisites. Please check course descriptions carefully.
Textbook and Educational Materials
- No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course. (Unless otherwise advised in the course description).
- Uniforms, dark blue v-neck scrub top and pants, along with white shoes/sneakers, are required to be worn for all classes, labs, and clinical. They must be washable. A watch with a second hand or smartwatch with "seconds" capability will also be required.
- Students should expect reading and assignments from each class. Plan on spending as much time on homework as you do in the classroom.
- Federal and State mandated attendance requirements must be met.
- Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, some variations in dates and time may occur in course schedules.
- All courses are not offered every semester.
- PCT graduates receive a custom-designed NVCC PCT pin.
Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations
- Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email:
- College closings due to inclement weather are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (nv.edu), on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations.
Students with Special Needs - ADA
- Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form. Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Adjustments are not retroactive. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process.
Course Registration and Payment Plans
No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.
Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.
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Patient Care Technicians are employed in a variety of health care settings. The role and skills of the PCT may vary depending on what type of patient care is provided within a given setting. The PCT may be involved with assisting patients with the activities of daily living, specimen collection and diagnostic testing. The PCT will need technical, clerical and interpersonal skills to work effectively and with confidence. Most PCT’s can expect to earn an average annual income of $33,013 and commonly work shifts that may include nights, weekends and holidays. The job market for PCT's is growing and continued growth is expected. The Connecticut Department of Labor projects employment in this occupation will grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Patient Care Technicians are not licensed or registered in Connecticut but employers require current, active status on the Connecticut Certified Nurse Aide Registry. For questions regarding Certified Nurse Aide registration please contact the Department of Public Health.