Advanced Patient Care Associate

OBJECTIVE: A Patient Care Associate assists nursing staff with routine patient care needs in a typical clinical setting. Such associate provides communication, comfort, and safety to the patient. Patients care associates must provide basic patient care, such as bathing, bed making, skin care, incontinence care, and toileting duties. Patient Care Associate program prepares a graduate to work as an entry-level job in patient care technician, dialysis technician in a private clinic, hospital, nursing home or long-term care facility. Successful completers of the program will be able to check basic vital signs, CPR and first aid, assist in medical examinations with physician, perform EKG (electrocardiograms), basic laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and operate a dialysis machine. PCA program is taught with a combination of lecture, practical exercises and with real-world experience during the 120 clinical hour internship portion of training conducted off-campus at a nursing home or hospital and part in private clinic. Also this program will prepare completers for Pre-LPN Entrance preparation (Basic Math & Science, Basic English Reading & Writing).

Successful graduates will be eligible to take exams to become a NACT Certified Patient Care Technician/Associate (CPCT/A), NACT Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), NACT Certified EKG Technician (CEKGT), and NACT Certified Dialysis Technician (CDT).

MA 101: COMPUTER FUNDAMENTAL                                                                                                                                 (60 hours)

This course is designed to teach keyboarding and to introduce the student to Microsoft Outlook and the Internet. This course will also provide the student with knowledge and experience in using Internet Explorer to browse the web and create Web content, and Microsoft Outlook to send and receive e-mail. Prerequisite: None

MA102: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY                                                                                                                                       (60 hours)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the structure and function of the human body.  Medical words, phrases and abbreviations relating to the body in health and disease will be covered.  Emphasis will be placed on correct spelling, pronunciation and defining medical terms associated with selected body systems, disease conditions, and treatment modalities. All courses in this program will emphasize age appropriate terminology and care and cultural differences awareness. Prerequisite: None

MP103: DIALYSIS TECHNICIAN                                                                                                                                               (90 hours)

Dialysis Technician performs dialysis treatment to dialysis patient under the supervision of Registered Nurse. Dialysis technician take vital signs, prep hemodialysis machine, perform vascular access cannulation, draw blood, prepare dialyasate, monitor water treatment room, initiate hemodialysis treatment as per the nephrologist orders and under registered nurse supervision. Prerequisite: None

MA104: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I & II                                                                                                                     (120 hours)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic study of the structures and functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the major organs in each of the systems presented, their functions and the diseases associated with them. Prerequisite: None

MP105: PRE-LPN EXAM PREPARATION                                                                                                                                 (60 hours)

This course is designed to prepare students to perform for LPN Entrance (Pre-LPN) exams (Basic Math & Science, Basic English Reading & Writing). The Math skills section of the exam covers math skills needed for calculation of drugs and solutions, including whole numbers, percentages, decimals, and fractions. The Reading Comprehension section of the exam covers health related topics and focuses on the following skills: reading rate, reading rate placement, main ideas of passage, critical thinking, inferential reading, and predicting of outcomes. Prerequisite: None

MA 106: OFFICE ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS                                                                                        (60 hours)

This course prepares the student for working with a variety of office records, such as cards, correspondence, forms, microforms, microcomputer disks and computer printouts. Emphasis is placed on the 5 methods of filing: alphabetic, consecutive numeric, terminal-digit numeric, subject, and geographic. These filing methods form the basis for an understanding of electronic filing and the use of computer databases. In this course the student will ·also focus on medical practices with an emphasis on legal and ethical responsibilities. Students are introduced to HIPAA requirements. Prerequisite: CF and BC

MA107: MEDICAL EMERGENCY & ASEPTIC TECHNIQUES                                                                                                  (60 hours)

This course introduces basic laboratory assisting skills, including the fundamentals of microbiology, urinalysis and clinical asepsis. Students are introduced to the proper techniques in the collecting of bacterial specimens, the collection and analysis of urine samples, strep testing, care of laboratory equipment, methods of sterilization, and the care and use of microscopes and instrument classification. Emphasis will be placed universal precautions and OSHA guidelines. Prerequisite: MT and AP

MA 108: PATIENT CARE TECHNIQUES                                                                                                                                    (30 hours)

This course introduces the student to basic clinical skills and placed on the most frequently performed in a medical office.  Also student learn different kind of emergencies and protocol to follow in an emergency purpose. Prerequisite: MT and AP

MP109: PHLEBOTOMY                                                                                                                                                               (90 hours)

This course is designed for student to learn on taking vital signs, various methods and equipment used to measure cardinal signs, determining height and weight, patient preparation positions, methods of examination, infection control, PPE and OSHA regulations. Student will learn direct and indirect care of patients. Emphasis will be placed on personal hygiene for resident patients and unconscious patients. Students will learn changes in patient’s behavior, atypical patients, diverse culture behavior and various techniques in managing patients with disabilities. Students will learn about restoring patients for self-care, the use of assistive devices and the maintenance of ROM. Prerequisite: MT and AP

MA110: EKG                                                                                                                                                                                  (90 hours)   

This course gives a combination of EKG and phlebotomy.  This course focuses on the process of evaluation and analyzing ECG tracings and determining the presence of dysrhythmias. Students will demonstrate the ability to successfully recognize a normal ECG, as well as an abnormal ECG and classifying diseases of the heart Students will become CPR certified during this course. Thus, student will study order of blood and capillary blood drawn, following CLIA standard procedures.  During the course student will master blood drawn and EKG techniques. Prerequisite: MT and AP

MA111: CAREER DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                                                           (60 hours)

Our Career Services Department provides assistance such as resume preparation, mock Interview preparation for entry-level positions available in local job market. This course module prepares the student for future career services placement assistance through the career services department.

MP112: INTERNSHIP                                                                                                                                                              (120 hours)

Upon completion of the Advanced Patient Care Associates coursework, student will complete 120 hour internship program designed to provide the experience in the competencies necessary for employment in a medical office/hospital/adult care facility.

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