BRIDGEPORT   Housatonic Community College is offering a Patient Care Technician program starting March 27.

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) is a multi-skilled health care worker who usually earns a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and then gains additional skills to perform routine patient-care treatments, including simple lab tests, EKGs, dressing changes, and phlebotomy. Housatonic Community College’s PCT program prepares students to function as health care providers in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term-care settings, and skilled-nursing facilities. The course is recommended for those who are currently Connecticut CNA licensed or CPR certified.

The course will cover standard and universal health care precautions, physical therapy and occupational therapy safety, therapeutic communication techniques, patient-care delivery systems and current technology usage.

HCC’s course consists of three parts: lecture, laboratory and work in a “real world” clinical setting. The lecture portion of the class will meet Tuesdays, March 27 – June 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room A208, Lafayette Hall.  The lab portion of the class will meet Wednesdays, March 28 – May 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Room A208, Lafayette Hall. The clinical portion will be held Saturdays, May 12 – June 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch) at Bridgeport Hospital.

The 120-hour program, to be taught by instructor Cindy Distasio, has a fee of $2,250, which includes textbooks, uniforms and supplies.

This non-credit professional development program will be offered again starting July 2. The lecture portion of the class will meet Mondays, July 2 – August 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1/2 hour break) in a room to be determined. The lab portion of the class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 3-July 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1/2 hour break) in Room A208, Lafayette Hall.  The clinical portion of the class on Saturdays, July 28 – August 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch) at Bridgeport Hospital.

The program is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Due to limited space, individuals are encouraged to register early. To register for classes or for more information, contact Evelyn Melendez at 203-332-5057.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at:

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.

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Anson C. Smith, Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229, Fax: 203-332-5247