Patient Care Technician

SCED Code: 14051
Virginia Extended Description: III
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: M

Offered as an occupational course after the completion of Nurse Aide at the 12th-grade level, Patient Care Technician emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the healthcare system. Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, medical terminology, and are introduced to microbes and disease. Upon completion of the course, students will have mastered the skills needed to perform electrocardiograms (ECGs); execute basic medical, lab, and exam procedures; draw blood; and provide basic patient/client care. Students will be eligible to take the National Certification Exams to become Certified Phlebotomy Technicians, Certified ECG Technicians, and Certified Patient Care Technicians. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Diagnostics Services
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Radiologic Technologist, Radiographer
  • Vascular Technologist
Therapeutic Services
  • Certified Nurse Aide

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