The first graduates of the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program at Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) were recognized at a ceremony at the College on June 6. The program which prepares students for employment in a hospital setting, teaches skills in patient care that qualify the graduates to assist the registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse in direct patient care.
The training program requires a full-time commitment for a minimum of eight weeks from the participants. The course combines five weeks of intensive classroom instruction with three weeks of clinical practice. The training satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Unlimited Assistive Personnel. After completion of the eight week course, the students have the option to enroll in a two week EKG/arrhythmia technician training course and/or a two week phlebotomy course. All three courses are required to sit for the Patient Care Technician Certification exam. Students who successfully complete the initial 8 week course will receive 2 college credits if accepted into Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program. Information about the PCT program at CONHS is available at www.sehcollege.edu.
PCT graduates, L to R: Andrea Seabaugh, Ireland McCutcheon, Mallorie Masterson, Brittany Smith