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Patient Care Technician


Offered as an advanced nursing course after the completion of Nurse Aide, students will have master the skills  needed to perform electrocardiograms (ECGs); execute basic medical, lab, and exam procedures; draw blood; and provide basic patient/client care.  In addition, students will understand basic pharmacology, facilitate client self-administration or assist with medication administration, follow proper procedures for preparing, administering, and         maintaining medications, and follow  appropriate procedures for                 documentation.

Course Content

· Demonstrate medical procedures with patient care and comfort measures

· Assist in preventing medical  complications

· Understand the role of the electrocardiogram (ECG)

· Understand phlebotomy and related procedures

· Understand pharmacology basics

· Understand how to administer prepared medications and provide proper documentation

· Understand pain management and issues of opioid addiction

· Understand legal and ethical issues of medical treatment and medication administration

Course Details

Patient Care Technician (1 year)

(*Eligible students must have successfully completed Nurse Aide I & II and passed the state board exam.)

Course Length: 1 year


Industry Credentials Offered

Virginia State Board of Nursing—Medication Aide

National Certification Exams—Patient Care Technician, ECG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician

Options After HS


Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Cardiovascular Technician, Phlebotomist, Radiographer, Patient Care Technician

Local Employers:  Augusta Health, UVA Health Services, Sentara, local physicians offices Other local medical and long-term care facilities

Career Certificate/ Associate Degree (2 yr) program

BRCC—Nursing, Pre-respiratory therapy, Radiologic Technology

PVCC—Surgical Technology

Bachelor’s /Post Baccalaureate Degree (4 yr+) majors

Any health career profession

Instructor Contact Information

Name: Holly Wilson

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 540-245-5002

Fax: 540-885-0407