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Personal Care Technician

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Program Description

This program prepares students to assist with the critical day-to-day care patients need. Patient care technicians are multi-skilled healthcare workers. They work under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or healthcare professional. Patient care technicians carry out the essential basic bedside nursing functions. They come in direct contact with patients in the performance of their assigned duties. The CTE program is a hands-on experience. CTE students also receive supplementary training in EKG interpretation. Other skills include safety and security procedures, basic phlebotomy techniques and restorative skills. The latter covers prevention, self-care and independence as well as emotional support care skills.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • EKG Basics
  • Phlebotomy Training
  • Body Systems & Functions
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Nurse Assistant Skills
  • Vital Signs
  • Communication & Professionals in the Workplace

Business and Industry Partners

Harris Health System · Memorial Hermann Hospitals · Park Manor Humble & Cypress Station

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Health Science Medical Microbiology

Medical Terminology
Health Science (Clinical)

Pathophysiology
Practicum in Health Science

Industry Certifications

  • Certified Patient Care Technician / Assistant

Possible Career Pathways

  • Personal Care Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Health Care Assistant
  • EKG Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Pathologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Food Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician Associate
  • Research Scientist (life sciences)
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Technical Brewer
  • Forensic Scientist

Starting Salary

$22,980 - $33,015
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

Prairie View A&M University