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What is a PCT? Do I need to be a certified PCT to work in a hospital? 

** Must have prerequisites of CNA (or EMT, or MA, or nursing student) and phlebotomy 

(If you are a CNA waiting to test, this is a great way to secure a certification which may be needed for hospital employment)

A PCT has achieved Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, some EKG interpretation skills, and additional hospital skills training (PCT seminar). As a PCT, you will be able to perform the following skills in a clinic or hospital setting:
  • Set up and apply SCD's
  • familiarity with hospital equipment
  • understand vital signs parameters among all age groups
  • perform height, weight, length, and body measurements of infants
  • demonstrate infant intake and output
  • apply dynamic situations among the pediatric population
  • infant feeding
  • practice first aid splinting, bandaging
  • perform lab collections: blood glucose, POCT testing- flu, strep, UA
  • demonstrate basic wound care, wound scrubbing, and drain output
  • assisting with procedures such as pelvic exam, insertion of Foley catheters, & IV's
  • achieve correct lead placement of a 12-lead EKG
  • apply 5-lead telemetry
  • EKG interpretation (the basics)
  • understand your role in 24 hour Holter monitoring and stress testing
  • set up various oxygen devices
  • implement safe practices of one-to-one patient care (suicide watch, or sitter role)
  • define your role in facility emergencies (Code Blue, Code Pink, & natural disasters)
  • practice live scenerios 


The next PCT class is June 8-June 29th. This session is a Saturdays only session  (9am-5pm)

** Must have prerequisites of CNA (or EMT, or MA, or nursing student) and phlebotomy 

2024 course schedule:

Feb 20-Feb 29 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

June 15-June 29 (Saturday only)

July 30-August 8 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Dec 10- Dec 19  (Tues, Wed, Thurs)


Cost is $400   (this does not include the NHA exam fee of $160)

Nurse aides learn basic patient care. The skills mentioned above are not included in the Texas Nurse Aide curriculum. Although CNA's can hire within hospitals without this additional training, the phlebotomy and PCT seminars are highly recommended to prepare you for the skills and knowledge to be successful, confident, and marketable!

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