Offered at both Main and Branch Campus The Patient Care Technician/Nurse Assistant program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare the graduate to become a patient care technician and a certified nurse assistant.  Graduates will receive training in patient health care to include EKG, cardiac circulation and blood pressure monitoring, phlebotomy and venipuncture skills. Students will learn skills in patient care assisting patients in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence, while observing patient rights, as well as those needed to pass the National Certification for Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician and the Georgia State certification as a Nurse Assistant.

All prospective students must complete the TABE test and score an 6.0 or higher

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to perform the duties of a patient care technician/nurse assistant to include:

  • How to perform basic first aid
  • How to perform CPR/AED
  • Take vital signs
  • Apply proper body mechanics in bed making, lifting, and turning patients.
  • Hand washing and cleanliness skills
  • An introduction to all body systems
  • Electrocardiogram(EKG)
  • Phlebotomy and venipuncture


To qualify for graduation from this program the students must demonstrate competency in each of the patient care skills and successfully complete the both externships.   Graduates in this program will be qualified to find entry-level positions in doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing and convalescent health care facilities.

TOTAL CLOCK HOURS:  685

 ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME:  14 Weeks

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 *Indicates prerequisite exists.  Student must complete the prerequisite course prior to entry into this course of have the instructor’s permission to enter the course.