CNA TO PCT CERTIFICATION BRIDGE PROGRAM
A FASTER PATH TO CERTIFICATION Saving you time and money. Based on knowledge you have already. CNA to PCT Bridge Program allows you to bypass most of the coursework requirements for certification. Get trained & Nationally Certified in 1 day! $699
Are you a CNA looking to enhance your career by adding more skills to your resume and becoming Nationally Certified? If you answered yes then this is the perfect Continuing Education & Certification workshop for you!!!
This 24-hour blended Certification Bridge includes preparatory reading at your own pace.( E-Book), and 8-hours of live clinical experience. Designed for CNAs who have completed a state approved course looking to expand their health care provider experience. Unique and much shorter than the usual 100-hr PCT Training Programs. Because CNA’s already have much of the training required for PCT certification so instead of requiring you to do weeks and months of training, we give you all the knowledge and skills you need in just a few days’
The CNA to PCT Bridge provides an opportunity to gain the additional competencies and clinical experiences needed such as phlebotomy and EKG in addition to those tasks performed by a CNA.
Upon successful completion participants will receive 3 National Certifications 40 (CE) Hours
- National Certification in Phlebotomy (NCPT)
- National Certification in Electrocardiogram (NCET)
- National Certification in Patient Care Technician (NCPCT)
- 18 years of age
- High School Diploma, GED or International High School Diploma Equivalency
- Experience or Education in Healthcare or a related field or Equivalent Field Experience.
- The student must provide proof they have successfully completed a state approved CNA course.
About the Mandatory Preparatory reading prerequisite
You can complete the preparatory reading at your own pace.( E-Book)
The Continuing Education (CE) Preparatory reading prerequisite Is a mandatory component of this Certification Workshop and must be completed before students arrive for the live training session of the certification workshop.
2 easy steps to earn CE credit for this workshop:
- READ the course material, which includes course Questions
- ANSWER the Questions using the Answer Sheet
Upon registration, you will receive an email to download the E-Book, which includes practice exams in PDF format that corresponds with the Workshop. You may either print this material and bring the hardcopy with you, or open the PDF using a reader on your mobile device or tablet – we recommend Adobe reader; it works great for editing and note taking!
Patient Care Technician (PCT). PCTs are basically CNAs who are certified to perform additional duties such as phlebotomy and EKGS in addition to those tasks performed by a CNA. They care for injured, physically and mentally ill, disabled or infirm patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians’ offices or long-term care (LTC) facilities. They perform routine tasks under the supervision of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in monitoring the patient’s condition and providing basic patient care.
Patient Care Technician duties may include:
Responding to patient calls and requests for assistance
Bathing, dressing, grooming and assisting with personal hygiene
Monitoring and recording vital signs – temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate Observing, recording and reporting a patients’ physical, mental, and emotional condition Perform Electrocardiograms (EKGs), collecting blood (phlebotomy) and other clinical task Moving patients, transferring patents to and from a bed or wheelchair and assisting with walking Setting up and operating therapeutic equipment and supplies
Assisting doctors and nurses during examinations and treatments
WHY WE OFFER THIS CNA TO PCT BRIDGE
Have been roaming the jobs boards and see lots of openings for PCTs in the hospital, but very few CNA jobs listed? So, what exactly is a PCT and how can you get those jobs?
The first thing you have to know is that a PCT (which stands for “Patient Care Tech”) is a CNA. Yep, that’s right, you are already halfway there if you already have your CNA certification. A PCT is being used more often in acute care clinical settings (hospitals, rehabs, outpatient services, etc.) because they have some advanced training and can perform additional skills, which frees up the nurses to do more nursing-type stuff.
So, what kind of advanced training and additional skills will you need? Maybe none. Some hospitals will hire CNAs and train them on the job to make them into PCTs. This is a great option for those that don’t have the time or money to return to school. But there are downfalls to this route. On the job training is usually done very quickly with little explanation. So, you may learn WHAT you are expected to do, but not WHY it must be done or what might happen if you don’t do it correctly. You may not understand what common abnormalities you might encounter and what you need to report to a nurse. In short, it is basic skills training but not true education so you may feel uncomfortable with your skill level and somewhat insecure.
Another problem with on the job training is that once the employer has invested that much time and money into your training, they won’t want you to leave. You may have to sign a contract agreeing to work at that facility for a specific amount of time. And the institution usually doesn’t award any type of certificate that proves you have received this training, which prevents you from moving to another hospital easily. So you may have knowledge, but no way to prove it.
A second option is to enroll in the PCT course at a local community college or vocational school. There are many programs out there but most are expensive and take many months to complete. Plus, they must include CNA training and certification as part of the curriculum – which you already have. So you may end up paying for classes that you don’t need and a certification that you already have. This delays your ability to work as a PCT and often results in student loans, which can be challenging to pay back on a limited budget.
The third option is the cheapest, fastest and most direct route to a PCT job AND have certificates to prove that you received training! Many hospitals will hire CNAs with EKG and Phlebotomy training as PCTs.
Since you already have your CNA, just two small classes could net you a substantial pay increase. And these classes don’t need to be expensive or take semesters to complete! Many of these classes are offered online, can be completed at your own pace and are not expensive.
There is no STATE exam for PCT, like there is for CNA. To further complicate the issue, every work setting (employer) will have different skills that they will require of the PCT. Most employers will offer on the job skills training after hire to demonstrate how they want these advanced skills done in that setting. For instance, some hospitals will train you to start IVs while others will not allow anyone other than a nurse to start an IV. What they all have in common however, is that you must know how to obtain and read an EKG (to quickly identify problems) and know phlebotomy theory (knowing how to obtain blood requires the same procedures as starting an IV). Both of these subjects are very hard to teach on the job and require much study time to master. Having these two certifications makes you very attractive to employers. However, there is a national exam through The National Healthcare Workers Association (www.nhcwa.com) The National Patient Care Technician Association (www.npcta.com).