Patient Care Tech Certificate Online

Certificate | Beginner | 4-5 months | MedCerts
Price: $4,000 (payment options available through MedCerts)
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Work directly with patients in a variety of healthcare settings with this entry-level certification. MedCerts program includes the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam, which is sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

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  3. Begin Your Program

    Utilize MedCert's immersive learning and dynamic exam prep. Get guidance and motivation from your personal Student Success Advisor.

  4. Get Certified

    Use your newly learned knowledge to take your certification exam and gain national credentials.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the responsibilities of basic patient care: bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc.
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Recognize the importance of special care, concerns and settings
  • Understand EKG readings and monitoring vital signs
  • Administer medication, assist with minor procedures and handle laboratory specimens

About the Patient Care Tech Online Professional Certificate

Patient Care Technicians are hands-on medical professionals actively involved in the direct treatment of patients and trained in specialty tasks such as blood draws and EKG testing. This role could cover a lot of different tasks depending on where you work, including rehabilitation, managing chronic illness, and family education of treatment.

MedCerts program is divided into five courses to ensure you are learning all the skills needed for this important role. In just 24 weeks, you’ll gain skills related to medical records, phlebotomy, EKG testing, medical laws and more. Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam, which is sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 

A patient care technician career offers a median salary of $31,139 and boasts more than 10,000 jobs available in the US.1

1Burning Glass: Labor Insights (Last 12 Months: Feb. 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021)

Courses required for program completion

Professionalism in Allied Health

PS 1011

Healthcare | Self-Paced | 32 hours

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism. This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

HI 1014

Healthcare | Self-Paced | 96 hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviations, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.
Phlebotomy

HI 6011

Healthcare | Self-Paced | 73 hours

Phlebotomy is a comprehensive course with insight and focus on specimen collection for diagnostic testing in the healthcare facility, providing foundational knowledge required of an allied healthcare professional. Video-based lessons include fundamentals of phlebotomy with emphasis on infection control, safety, communication skills, patient care and preparation, venipuncture equipment and supplies, specimen collection, handling, transport and processing. In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. Simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key phlebotomy skills performed in a medical facility. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout training.
Electrocardiography

HI 6012

Healthcare | Self-Paced | 64 hours

Electrocardiography is a comprehensive course with insight and focus on diagnostic cardiac testing in the healthcare facility, providing foundational knowledge required of an allied healthcare professional. Video-based lessons include the fundamentals of electrocardiogram performance, Holter monitor application and assistance with stress testing. An emphasis is placed on cardiac arrhythmias. Patient care, preparation and monitoring are addressed along with standard precautions and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key electrocardiography skills performed in a medical facility.
Fundamentals of Patient Care

HI 7011

Healthcare | Self-Paced | 128 hours

Fundamentals of Patient Care is a comprehensive course that focuses on the current and evolving role of patient care in the healthcare setting. Video-based lessons include fundamentals of patient care, compliance and safety, professional responsibility, infection control, basic emergency care, patient assessment and vital signs, and grooming/hygiene. Topics related to specific patient-types are also be addressed, including caring for older adults, pediatric, and special needs patients. The course also details the importance of teamwork in the healthcare environment and breaks down the various roles that professionals fill as it relates to patient care whether through supporting chronic conditions, emergency, or end-of-life care. Clinical simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key clinical skills performed in a medical facility.

Get College Credit

You know that your MedCerts certification will open the door to specialized jobs, but did you know that it will also move you closer to a college degree at Franklin University? Because additional education equals increased opportunities, Franklin enables students to build on professional training, like MedCerts, and earn employer-respected degrees.

The partnership between Franklin University and MedCerts connects the job-specific credentials you've earned, and the college credits you need, to provide a seamless path to long-term career growth. The University has evaluated MedCerts certifications for industry-recognized proficiencies and awards credit that equates to specific Franklin courses, as well as technical- or elective-credit requirements. Below are several degree programs that closely align with this MedCerts certification. If you choose to enroll at Franklin as a degree-seeking student in one of these healthcare programs, you'll save time and money toward your degree by building on prior learning credit.

Request Info View Program A.S. Health Services (14 credits)
Franklin Courses Credits
HIM 150 - Medical Terminology 2
SCIE 244 - Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology 4
HCM 904 - Healthcare Technical Credit 8
Request Info View Program B.S. Health Education & Promotion (14 credits)
Franklin Courses Credits
HIM 150 - Medical Terminology 2
SCIE 244 - Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology 4
HCM 904 - Healthcare Technical Credit 8
Request Info View Program B.S. Healthcare Management (14 credits)
Franklin Courses Credits
HIM 150 - Medical Terminology 2
SCIE 244 - Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology 4
HCM 904 - Healthcare Technical Credit 8

What's In a MedCerts Certification Program?

More Than Lectures
Best-in-class programs combine 3D animations, virtual scenarios, interactive games and traditional textbook readings to engage every type of learner.

Virtual Clinical Solutions
Simulations address important clinical skills, gamification challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge in a fun, interactive and engaging way.

National Employer Partner Network
MedCerts students are located across the United States and our certifications are nationally accepted, which is why it's just as important for us to have nationwide healthcare partnerships too of over 1000+ employer partners.

About Medcerts

MedCerts, a Stride company, is a national online training provider strengthening the workforce through innovative e-learning solutions. Focused on certifications in high-demand areas of allied healthcare and IT, MedCerts serves individuals from all backgrounds, including the military and their families, career changers and the under- and unemployed. MedCerts delivers certification and career training through HD-quality video-based instruction, virtual simulations, games and animations, and on-the-job training through experiential learning solutions. Since 2009, the company has developed over 35 career programs, trained and up-skilled more than 35,000 individuals across the country and partnered with over 500 American job centers and more than 1,000 healthcare organizations to build talent pipelines. For more information, visit medcerts.com.

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