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

HCC TO OFFER CNA, PCT PROGRAMS
NEW LAB BUILT FOR PROGRAMS

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College this fall will offer non-credit Certified Nurse Assistant and Patient Care Technician programs.

The CNA program, which consists of classroom instruction, laboratory work and hands-on training (36 hours of each), will prepare students to take the State of Connecticut’s CNA certification exam. The course will cover providing all aspects of personal care to patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).

The 108-hour 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 safety. It involves a combination of lecture, hands-on practical laboratory exercises, and real-world clinical experience at an off-campus medical facility.

“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 two programs 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,

A new CNA/PCT Lab has been built at HCC to accommodate the new programs, 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 PCT program starts Sept. 13 while the CNA program starts Sept. 14. Tuition for the CNA program is $674, and, for the PCT Program, $1,299.

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