ACADEMIC MAP
Patient Care Technician, C.A.S

Semester 1

COURSE CR COMMENTS
COLL 101 : ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
ENGL 101 : ~COMPOSITION 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
BIOL 109 : ANAT & PHYS FOR ALLIED HEALTH 4 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
PCT 101 : PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN I 6 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 14

Semester 2

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MATH 120 : QUANTITATIVE LITERACY 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
PSYC 101 : ~INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
HPER 172 : STANDARD FIRST AID 2 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
PCT 102 : PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN II 6 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 14

The Certificate of Applied Science in Patient Care Technician prepares a student for employment as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) or to choose a pathway for entry into the nursing program. The PCT works alongside other health care professionals to provide hands on assistance to meet patients’ basic needs.

MILESTONE COURSE:

FIELD/CLINICAL COURSE: These courses have a clinical component that require a background check on admission, drug testing, active CPR card, and current immunizations.

CAREER PLANNING:

CAPSTONE COURSE:

ELECTIVES:

CONCURRENT COURSES:


ADMISSION TO PROGRAM


CERTIFICATION: Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to sit for the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician. The graduate will also be eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification and EKG Technician Certification.


PRACTICUM and SEMINAR

2+2 with WVU Parkersburg
CAREER LADDER:

Students should average 15 credit hours per semester, or 30 per year, to graduate on time.

TOTAL DEGREE CREDITS:
28

The Certificate of Applied Science in Patient Care Technician is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Information can be obtained at www.nhanow.com Certification exams offered through NHA are accredited by
the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).


PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION

ADMISSION TO PROGRAM

Completion of the application process does not imply the applicant will be admitted to the PCT program. Due to space limitations, qualified applicants may be ranked according to GPA and submission of application. 

ACCEPTANCE TO PROGRAM

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:


PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN*
Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)


The Patient Care Technician Certificate of Applied Science program prepares a student for employment as a Patient Care Technician or to choose a pathway for entry into the nursing program. The Patient Care Technician works alongside other health care professionals to provide hands on assistance to meet patient’s basic needs. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to sit for the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician. The graduate will also be eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification and EKG Technician Certification. The graduate will have opportunities for employment in health care facilities such as hospitals, home health agencies, community health agencies, clinics, physician offices, and laboratories.

The Patient Care Technician program is approved by the National Health Career Association (NHA). Information can be obtained at www.nhanow.com. At the completion of the program, the student will sit for the NHA Patient Care Technician/Assistant certification exam. In addition, the student will be eligible to sit for the NHA Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician certification exams. Certification exams offered through NHA are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Earning your NCCA-accredited allied health certifications demonstrate your knowledge, dedication, and professionalism in your field.


APPLICATION TO PROGRAM
The Nursing and Health Sciences programs have limited enrollment and a selective review process. Students
requesting admission to the Patient Care Technician Certificate program must first meet the requirements for
general admission to the college.


In addition to meeting all general admission criteria for the college, students must complete a separate Nursing
and Health Sciences application and provide an official copy of their high school transcript or GED and any prior
college transcripts. Applications to the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program are available in the Health
Sciences Division office and online at www.wvup.edu/healthsciences
Additionally, the applicant must be able to engage in educational and training activities in a manner that does
not endanger themselves or others, be of good moral character, and have no history of felony conduct or
convictions.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for the PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
1. Be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
2. Minimum 2.0 cumulative college or high school GPA.
*Students on the pathway to nursing are encouraged to take BIOL 107 and BIOL 108 in lieu of BIOL 109/109L.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
• Complete 31 credit hours as outlined in the Course of Study.
• Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.
• Complete all courses in the curriculum with a grade of C or better.
• Complete the NHA Patient Care Technician Certification Exam.
• Complete at least 8 credits hours at WVU Parkersburg.
• Optional: Completion of the NHA EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Certification Exams (at own expense).
• Complete and file the graduation application, in OLSIS, within the stated deadlines.

 
General Education Courses

To ensure breadth and depth as students meet these broad education goals, the curriculum focuses on six academic “strands.”

 

Composition & RhetoricScience & TechnologyMath & Quantitative Skill Society, Diversity & ConnectionsHuman Inquiry & the PastThe Arts and Creativity

ENGL 101

ENGL 102

ENGL 107*

ENGL 108*

ASTR 106

ENGL 102

BIOL 101 & BIOL103 lab

ENGL 107*

BIOL 102 & 
ENGL 108*

BIOL 104 lab

BIOL 107*

BIOL 108 *

BIOL 109 *

BIOL 115

BIOL 117

BIOL 171

CHEM 111

CHEM 115

CHEM 116

CS 101

GEOL 101 &
GEOL 102 lab

GEOL 103 &
GEOL 104 lab

GEOL 105 &
GEOL 105L

PSCI 111

PSCI 112

PHYS 101

PHYS 102

PHYS 111

PHYS 112

MATH 120*

MATH 121

MATH 125*

MATH 126

MATH 128

MATH 129

MATH 150

MATH 155

MATH 156

MATH 211

COMM 105

COMM 111

COMM 112

ECON 201

ECON 202

FREN 101

FREN 102

GEOG 102

GEOG 240

POLS 102

POLS 220

PSYC 101

PSYC 241

RELI 231

SOC 101

SOC 105

SOC 221

SOC 232

SPAN 101

SPAN 102

HIST 101

HIST 102

HIST 152

HIST 153

HIST 250*

PHIL 111

PHIL 150*

PHIL 170

History &
Literature of the Arts

ART 101

ART 105

ART 106

MUSI 170

THEA 101

Literature

ENGL 131

ENGL 132

ENGL 221

ENGL 222

ENGL 241

ENGL 242

ENGL 261

ENGL 262

ENGL 285

Applied Arts

ART 109

THEA 102

Creative Writing

ENGL 213

ENGL 214

ENGL 215

* * Serves technical and professional degree programs specific to WVU Parkersburg. Does not transfer to WVU as General Education (March 2018).

BUSINESS ELECTIVES:  Business electives may be chosen from courses with the following prefixes:  ACCT, BTEC, ECON, ENT, FIN, GBUS, MGMT, MKTG, or STEM 420.  For assistance in choosing electives please see your adacemic advisor.  Lower division business elective may include CMS 117, 217, 220, or 230.  For the MKTG upper division electives you may chhose from CMS 371, 360, 410, 425, 439.



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