Patient Care Technician Certificate Program
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Principles of Clinical Practice||AHE110||3|
|Patient Care Skills||AHE111||3||co-reqs AHE106 and AHE110|
|CNA Practicum||AHE106||1||co-reqs AHE110 and AHE111|
|Understanding Human Behavior for Health Care Professionals or Human Growth and Development||AHE104 or PSY213||3||PSY101|
|Advanced Clinical Skills||AHE201*||3||AHE111 or AHE112|
|Practicum/Patient Care Technician||AHE204||3||AHE111; co-req AHE201|
|Practicum Seminar/Allied Health||AHE209||1||co-req AHE204|
|Computer Essentials or Applications/Concepts or Medical Computer Applications||CIT101 or CIT110 or OIM102||3||RDG095 or ESL098 Chair approval|
*Prerequisite for AHE201 is AHE111 for students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician Program.
This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus each fall and spring semester.
Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. Admission to an Allied Health program does not guarantee clinical placement. For further information, see the Department Chair. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in AHE110 and AHE111 in order to continue into the second semester.
To be admitted to this program, students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certification.
- Attend an information session.
- Complete college placement tests in reading and English.
- Provide evidence of health insurance, complete a health form and submit proof of immunization.
- Place out of or complete ENG095 and RDG095 with a grade of C or better.
This program prepares students to deliver direct patient care through classroom teaching, lab practice, and actual clinical experience in hospitals and long-term care facilities. The program prepares students for a variety of positions in the health care field.
Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks
As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.
For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.
Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, chronic care facilities, and the home environment as multi-skilled workers, patient care technicians, patient care associates, medical aides, certified nursing assistants, and home health aides. The program prepares students in Healthcare Provider CPR Certifications. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification exams for State Nurse Aide and Home Health Aide.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.
Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:
- Perform direct patient care competently.
- Perform basic computer skills.