New: Patient Care Certificate (PCC)

The Patient Care Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 & 116 meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

 

Number Suggested Course Order

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Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I 3 ENG098, RDG098, FYE 101 or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3 ENG098, RDG098, FYE 101 or placement
MAT126 MAT 126 or higher 3 MAT096 or placement
HEA 115 Nurse Assistant Theory 3 ENG098, RDG098, FYE 101 or placement
HEA 116 Nurse Assistant Practicum 2 HEA 115 with grade of  C or higher
PSY110 Human Growth and Development 3 PSY 105
BIO115 Human Biology 4 ENG098, RDG098, FYE 101, MAT096 or placement
Patient care elective 2/3 HEA117, 118, 119
Patient care elective 2/3 HEA117, 118, 119
                                              Total: 25-27 credits  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Patient care elective – HEA117 Acute Care Nurse Assistant, HEA118Home Health Aide, HEA119 Rehabilitation Aide)

*Pending Department of Education Approval – Contact Admissions with questions.

Mission: The mission of the Patient Care Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 & 116 meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus. Some courses may be available in the evenings or at satellite campuses.

Helpful hints: This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.

Transfer options: Some courses may be applied to a selective admission healthcare program. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance, and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 22 of the college catalog). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodation. HEA courses require a grade of C+ or better.

Technical Standards* for PCC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze and, draw conclusions from data.
  4. Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  6. Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  7. Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  8. Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  10. Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  11. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  12. Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  13. Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  14. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  15. Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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