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

HCC PCT PROGRAM STARTS SEPT 3 - NEW LAB BEING BUILT FOR PROGRAM

Scholarship Only

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College’s new Patient Care Technician program starts Sept. 3.

The PCT Program, which adds another layer of skills to those learned in a Certified Nurse Assistant (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. Admission is by scholarship only and just eight people will be admitted.

“Offering this 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-related careers are projected to grow 17 percent over the next eight years.”

The training will provide a career ladder pathway that will enable people to develop the skills necessary to seek higher level nursing-related  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 people  trained as a PCT,” she said, “Hospitals are beginning to change their patient care models to offer higher quality nursing-related skills and enhance customer service.”

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

The PCT students must be currently state registered as a CNA

The lecture part of the class will take place Thursdays, Sept. 3-Dec. 17, 4:30-7;30 p.m. in  Lafayette Hall, Room A208. Labs will be held Saturdays, Sept.5-Oct 24, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the same room. Clinicals will be held Saturdays. Oct 31-Dec. 12, 7 a.m. to l:30 p.m., at Bridgeport Hospital

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

 
 

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Anson C. Smith
Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229
Fax 203-332-8558
E-mail:asmith@hcc.commnet.edu