Virginia College in Birmingham Announces New Patient Care Technician Program
Aug 5, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—August 5, 2014—Virginia College in Birmingham is pleased to announce the launch of its new Patient Care Technician (PCT) program at its campus located at 488 Palisades Blvd. Enrollment is now open, and classes will begin October 2014.
"I am excited about the new Patient Care Technician program we are now able to offer to our students at Virginia College," said Khaled Sakalla, Birmingham campus president. "The specialized skills that students will learn in this program will be great assets to them as they compete in today's fast-paced, global healthcare market."
This diploma program is designed to prepare graduates to work as an entry-level PCT in a clinic, hospital, wound care center or, with state certification, as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a long-term care facility. Graduates will demonstrate competencies in vital sign measurement, perform CPR and first aid, assist in medical examinations and administer electrocardiograms (EKG), basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy.
Virginia College helps students become job ready with practical labs and classes taught by instructors who have actual medical work experience. The PCT training program can take as little as one year to complete and is designed to teach professionalism, communication skills, personal patient care skills, selected nursing procedures and infection control and safety. Students are also required to serve a PCT externship, getting on-the-job experience working in a clinic, hospital or other similar setting.
"Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should be able to perform the role of the CNA in the nursing process," said Sakalla. "Graduates will be equipped with the preventative, therapeutic, restorative and rehabilitative nursing healthcare skills to be competitive in this job market."
In addition to CNA and PCT, some of the careers available in this field are caregiver, home health aide, patient care assistant and clinical assistant. The Virginia College Career Services team will help students in this program develop job-search skills and open doors to employment in this healthcare field with a 21 percent job growth expected between now and 2022.
For more information about this program and other programs offered at Virginia College in Birmingham, call 205-802-1200 or visit www.vc.edu/Birmingham.
About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America
Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and more with locations in 27 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via www.vconline.edu and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado, which is the first and only college focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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