Patient Care Specialist Certificate


Patient Care Specialist Certificate

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The Patient Care Specialist Certificate program prepares graduates to work in a hospital or long term care center performing a multitude of duties that include functioning as an acute care Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), a phlebotomist, and as an ECG Technician.

The Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) portion of the program trains students to work in an acute care setting within a hospital assisting with wound care, giving supportive care to patients, taking and recording vital signs, participating in patient transfers, and aid in maintaining the unit. The program also includes rotations within long-term care facilities enabling the student to work primarily with the elderly in assisting them in activities of daily living and focusing on skilled care.  After the first semester, students will be able to apply and sit for the LNA exam and apply for licensure in the State of NH.

Phlebotomists (PBT) practice standard precautions, perform venipuncture, perform capillary puncture, and obtain specimens for microbiological testing. Students who successfully complete this certificate are eligible to sit for a national certification examination offered by several professional organizations.

As an ECG Technician, the student might administer ECGs and assist in stress tests, conduct patient teaching in Holter monitoring, assist the provider, and schedule appointments. A graduate of the program is also eligible to sit for a certification exam in this area of healthcare.

Admission requirements for Patient Care Specialist Applicants:

  1. Meet college requirements for admission.
  2. Complete a college application, provide documentation for high school completion or equivalent.

        Note: A maximum of 8 students are admitted into the program. A $100 tuition deposit is required to hold a seat upon acceptance. After 8 students are accepted, applicants will be placed on a waitlist and notified of acceptance should a seat become available.

Students who are accepted into the Patient Care Specialist program will:
1.    Obtain and maintain current BLS-C (Basic Life Support) certification.
2.    Pass a criminal background check through the college approved vendor as well as a drug test.
3.    Provide proof of immunizations and health insurance.

To continue within the program, the students must:
1.    Have professional liability insurance for clinical classes, phlebotomy, and affiliation. (Available through the college.)
2.    Complete the Phlebotomy class with an 80 average to be eligible to move into the internship class.
3.    Complete all other classes with a minimum of a C+ (76.7 average).

Students applying to the program with an existing LNA license who want to use experiential learning to earn the college credits must prove acute care training, via a portfolio.  The portfolio must show educational and experiential training and must be approved by the Director of the PCS program, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to the start of the fall semester.  Those students with current LNA licensure from the State of NH will not have to retake the licensing exam

Students must also be aware that site placements in the area of phlebotomy are limited.  WMCC will try to place students in internship close to where they reside.  Our phlebotomy internship sites range within the three counties of Carroll, Grafton, and Coos.

Health Considerations

The college must ensure that clients, patients and medical information are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences.  Therefore, students in office or clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize client/patient/medical information responsibilities. Furthermore, students are expected to have the emotional stability to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, establish rapport, and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employers, clients/patients and their families. Students who fail to demonstrate stability or sound judgment, or who violate HIPPA laws, may face removal from the program.

Program available in Littleton.

Fall Semester   CL LAB CR
HSV223W Introduction to Counseling 3 0 3
MEDA130W LNA Lecture and Lab 2 3 3
MEDA135W LNA Clinical Rotation 0 9 3
MEDA202W Phlebotomy 3 3 4
OTM117W Medical Terminology 3 0 3
  Totals 11 15 16
Spring Semester   CL LAB CR
BIOL120W Human Biology 3 2 4
CHEM112W Nutrition 3 0 3
MEDA204W Phlebotomy Internship 0 9 3
MEDA220W ECG for the Healthcare Professional 2 2 3
OTM120W Office Systems and Procedures 3 0 3
  Totals 11 13 16
  Total Credits for the Year     32

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