Patient Care Technician, C.A.S
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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
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
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.
• 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.
Patient Care Technician, C.A.S