Branford Hall’s Patient Care Technician Program
The curriculum for Branford Hall’s Patient Care Technician I program is a hands-on program comprising 300 hours that will cover the skills necessary to become a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), as well as basic terminology, anatomy, physiology, basic communication skills, math skills, basic pharmacology, phlebotomy (blood draws), electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and basic First Aid. Clinical hours will be completed at a medical facility where the student can observe, assist, learn, and perform patient services.
The Patient Care Technician II program consists of 220 hours, and has been designed to advance the skills of the CNA. Students will learn how to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) and monitor medical conditions associated with this procedure. The program includes medical terminology, as well as the skills needed to perform blood draws, skin puncture techniques, and collection procedures. The program also examines legal and ethical issues that pertain to patient care technicians.
By successfully completing the Patient Care Technician programs, students are prepared with a strong foundation in patient care procedures. Advancing the students beyond the level of a Certified Nurses Aide, the Patient Care Technician program provides a combination of classroom and clinical work that develops the knowledge and the skills needed to take on this challenging role in the healthcare field.