FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DEBBIE KUCHMAS AT 203-332-5150
 

HCC TO OFFER CNA, PCT PROGRAMS - NEW LAB BEING BUILT FOR PROGRAM

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BRIDGEPORT –Starting in September, Housatonic Community College will offer two new non-credit programs: Certified Nurse Assistant and Patient Care Technician.

The CNA program, which consists of 36 hours of classroom instruction and72 hours of laboratory work and hands-on training, will prepare students to take the State of Connecticut’s CNA certification exam. Only eight people will be accepted into the program, which will feature free tuition for the Fall of 2009.

The PCT Program, which adds another layer of skills to those learned in a CNA program, prepares students to perform patient care activities that include such things as lab tests, electrocardiograms, simple dressing changes, phlebotomy, and physical and occupational therapy.

“Offering these programs reflects HCC’s commitment to preparing students for careers that are in demand,” said Deborah S. Kuchmas, director of workforce and non-credit programs. “Nursing careers are projected to grow 17 percent over the next eight years,

The training will provide a career ladder pathway that will enable unemployed individuals and underemployed health care workers to develop the skills necessary to seek higher level positions in healthcare facilities, Kuchmas said.

The creation of the PCT program comes just in time to meet a growing demand for these medical professionals, Kuchmas said,

“More and more health care facilities are looking for skilled nurses trained as a PCT,” she said, “Hospitals are beginning to change their patient care models to offer quality nursing skills and enhance customer service.”

A new CNA/PCT Lab is being built at HCC to accommodate the new programs, Kuchmas said. The lab will enable students to practice the skills learned in class.

Creation of the programs and the lab is being funded through a federal grant to Health Careers without Borders, a collaborative effort Westchester Community College, Norwalk Community College, and HCC.

Eight students will be selected for each program, based on employment and underemployment status, placement test results, and an interview. The PCT students must be currently state registered as a CNA.   

For more information, or to apply to the program, contact Continuing Education at 203-332-5057.