Patient care technicians are multi-skilled healthcare providers, with training in basic patient care, blood collection, and electrocardiography. Under the supervision of nursing and medical staff, patient care technicians are employable in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, laboratories, and physicians’ offices. The program consists of two semesters. Nursing assistant training (AHS 117 ) will introduce basic patient care skills, and prepare the student for state certification through the Department of Health and Human Services, earning the title of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Certification is required to progress through the Patient Care Technician program.
Program Requirements - Prior to entry into AHS 117 , students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:
- Physical Assessment
- Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- Proof of two Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccinations OR titer required
- Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (last booster must have been received within the past 10 years.)
- Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)
- Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to the first day of clinical assignment is required.
- Physician’s evaluation
York Technical College does not require the COVID-19 vaccination for students as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Students intending to enroll in a health-care related program should be aware that York Technical College maintains clinical placement agreements with health care facilities where students are required to complete clinical rotations as part of the requirements for their academic program. Clinical sites maintain their own policies governing vaccine and booster requirements, including the COVID-19 vaccine, and any exemption processes related to those requirements. Students choosing to pursue a program that requires a clinical component must follow all vaccine policies and requirements of clinical sites. Vaccine requirements and the approval of exemptions are at the sole discretion of each clinical site, and clinical sites may implement and modify vaccine requirements at any time as they deem necessary.
Clinical facilities require drug screens and background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be subject to drug screening at any time during their rotation. Results of background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program. Students are required to hold current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support CPR certification prior to clinical rotation.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- COMPASS placement scores:
- Pre-algebra 54 or greater OR a minimum grade of “C” in MAT 033
- Writing 70 or greater
- Reading 81 or greater
- Accuplacer and Accuplacer Next Gen placement scores:
- Arithmetic 90 and Elem. Alg. 57 or greater - Accuplacer Next Gen QAS 237
- Sentence Skills 75 or greater - Accuplacer Next Gen Writing 250 AND Reading 250
- Reading Comp. 71 or greater - Accuplacer Next Gen Reading 250
- YTC Placement Test scores: 70 or greater on Reading Level 3. 70 or greater on English, and 70 or greater on Math 1.