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Patient Care Specialist

Overview

The Patient Care Specialist Program at the Medical Training Institute of New York is designed to prepare students to assist medical providers by performing administrative and essential clinical duties in an office and medical center. The core curriculum covers a variety of disciplines, including dialysis, certified nurse assistant, phlebotomy, and patient care technician. This course prepares the student to work in a hospital, assisted living, or long-term care environment under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. Courses under Patient Care Specialist Program:

  • Dialysis
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • CPR

Patient care Specialist is all features in the Patient care Technician Curriculum (Phlebotomy & EKG) + Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum + Dialysis Technician Curriculum.

Dialysis

The Patient Care Technician provides students with the opportunity to study dialysis principles of dialysis, anatomy, and physiology of the kidney, fluid and electrolyte balance, hematologic aspects, infectious diseases, dialysis systems and equipment, vascular access to circulation, dietary regulation, blood chemistries, complications of renal failure, psychosocial aspects, and an overview of peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation. The program seeks to prepare students to work under the supervision of other medical professionals such as physicians and registered nurses.

Nurse Assistant Advanced

Nurse Assistant Advanced prepares students to work in an advanced care setting. A Nursing Assistant advanced is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who has received specialized training to perform more complex patient care skills such as phlebotomy, point of care testing, bladder scans, EKGs, catheter removal, and assisting licensed nursing personnel in sterile technique situations.

Patient Care

Patient Care Technician prepares the student to work in a hospital, Assisted living, or long-term care environment under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. This course introduces students to the theory, techniques, and roles of a phlebotomist and electrocardiogram (EKG) technician.

  • Dialysis
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Electrocardiogram- EKG
  • Patient Care Technician
  • CPR

What does a Patient Care Specialist do?

Patient Care Technicians provide basic healthcare to patients in hospitals or other medical facilities. They’ll keep the patients’ rooms clean, sanitized, and orderly each day. Patient Care Technicians will regularly visit patients to monitor their health and vital signs, administer medications prescribed by Nurses or Physicians, provide emotional support before and after treatments and assist patients in completing basic tasks like eating, using the restroom, or grooming themselves.

They’ll typically assist Physicians or Nurses during treatments and run and operate dialysis equipment.

Patient Care Specialist duties and responsibilities

  • Run and operate dialysis equipment
  • Checking patients’ blood pressure, heartbeat and pulse regularly
  • Providing compassionate care by listening to patients’ concerns and guiding them by answering any questions or concerns
  • Monitoring patients’ conditions and providing updates to the healthcare team
  • Turning, repositioning, and moving patients between beds, wheelchairs, and seats
  • Helping patients use the bathroom and dress
  • Monitoring patients’ food and liquid intake
  • Escort patients to get X-rays and other imaging tests

Phlebotomy

This course prepares students to collect blood for laboratory analysis. Students learn medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control safety, communication, and professionalism. Phlebotomy provides opportunities for students to perform routine vein punctures, routine capillary punctures, and special collection procedures. Phlebotomy technicians also perform glucose testing and specimen collection. A phlebotomist is a health care professional specially trained to draw blood. The blood is used to test for conditions based on a physician’s orders, although it can also be used for a transfusion, research, or donation. Some typical duties of phlebotomists include:

  • Greeting blood draw patients and explaining the process to them
  • Ensuring patients’ intake paperwork is correct and complete and that their identity is clear
  • Calming patients if they are nervous
  • For pediatric patients, preparing distractions, special toys, and smaller needles.
  • Sterilizing and organizing all equipment according to procedures and protocols
  • Conducting the blood draw
  • Following all special instructions on patients’ order forms
  • Labeling and adequately storing the sample
  • Properly disposing of used needles and bandages
  • Making sure the patient has no adverse reactions
  • Inventorying equipment
  • Sterilizing and cleaning the area for the next patient

Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is sometimes only with the phlebotomist. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as blood drives where people donate blood. To avoid causing infection or other complications, phlebotomists must keep their work area and instruments clean and sanitary.

Electrocardiograph

EKG technicians are healthcare professionals who perform diagnostic tests that help doctors identify cardiovascular problems in patients. The tests can help discover any irregularities in the heart that could lead to a heart attack or heart disease. They work primarily in hospitals but can also work in long-term specialty care facilities or private practices. The EKG technician explains the test to patients before conducting them. Once the patient is on the machine, the technician monitors heart performance and the patient’s blood pressure. Other duties include:

  • Execute EKG services according to the hospital’s procedures
  • Maintain EKG equipment and any required inventory needed to run tests
  • Attend additional training programs as required by the healthcare system, including safety procedures
  • Perform and schedule EKG tests

Program Summary

What does a Patient Care specialist do?

Patient Care Provide basic healthcare to patients staying in a hospital or other medical facility. They’ll keep the patients’ rooms clean, sanitized, and orderly each day. Patient Care Specialists will regularly visit patients to monitor their health and vital signs, provide emotional support before and after treatments and assist patients in completing basic tasks like eating, using the restroom, or grooming themselves.

They’ll typically assist Physicians or Nurses during treatments and will explain treatment methods and prescribed medications to the patient and their family. If the Patient Care Technician notices any changes in the patient’s health after the treatment, they’ll notify the Physician or Nurse

Patient Care Specialist duties and responsibilities

Patient Care Specialists can have particular duties and responsibilities that are unique to this job. Some of the duties are related to their character since this job requires a higher level of patience and compassion. Other duties include:

  • Checking patients’ blood pressure, heartbeat and pulse regularly
  • Providing compassionate care by listening to patients’ concerns and guiding them by answering any questions or concerns
  • Monitoring patients’ conditions and providing updates to the healthcare team
  • Turning, repositioning, and moving patients between beds, wheelchairs, and seats
  • Helping patients use the bathroom and dress
  • Monitoring patients’ food and liquid intake
  • Escort patients to get X-rays and other imaging tests
  • Assembling the dialysis machine
  • Maintaining a sterile treatment environment
  • Ensuring dialysis machines work properly before treatment begins
  • Observing patients during treatment to monitor for signs of medical emergencies

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Safety and Health
  • Introduction to EKG
  • Practice on Mannequin
  • Live Practice
  • Infection Control, OSHA & Universal Precautions
  • Introduction to Phlebotomy
  • Venipuncture Procedures: Practice on Mannequin & Live Practice
  • Scientific Principles of Dialysis
  • The Water Treatment System
  • Monitoring During Dialysis
  • Dialyzer Reuse
  • Hemodialysis Clinical Simulation
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Introduction to CPR
  • Career Development Skills and Management Skills
  • Job placement assistance
  • Patient Care Technician Exam Review and NHA Exam Preparation
    • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) New York State Board Exam
    • Certified Hemodialysis Technician/Technologist (CHT) BONENT Exam
    • CPR Exam
    • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), Certified EKG Technician (CET), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exams

WHO WILL BENEFIT

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Those Considering Nursing

If your goal is to become a nurse, starting out as a Patient Care Specialist is a great opportunity to explore the nursing field. You'll get the chance to work alongside Physicians, RNs, and LPNs in a variety of healthcare settings, earning invaluable experience and skills along the way. MTINY will prepare you for your RN and LPN Entrance Examination

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Aspiring Medical Professionals

Working as a Patient Care Specialist gives many of us our first taste of working in the medical field. You might gain inspiration to continue that career path and get a more in-depth understanding of the medical world. It's okay to share this desire with your interviewer. It shows your dedication to the field and a willingness to learn

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Job Stability

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects approximately 174,000 job opening for Patient Care Technician each year between 2019 and 2029. An aging population, along with a nationwide nursing shortage across all levels of nursing, translates to a high level of job stability throughout the end of the decade

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Length of Curriculum: 750 Clock hours

The 750 clock hours of the Patient Care Specialist Program consist of 520 hours of Didactic, 200 hours of Lab, and 30 hours of Internship.

Program Type Learning Modality Hours
Patient Care Specialist
  • Didactic
  • Lab
  • Internship
  • 520
  • 200
  • 30
Total Hours 750

This course is also part of our Patient Care Technician or Certified Nurse Assistant Advanced Program—consisting of Certified Nurse Assistant, EKG, Phlebotomy —Available for $1,600- $3,850

Interested in mastering Patient Care Technician or Certified Nurse Assistant Advanced Program? LEARN MORE

Instructors:

Credentials:

After completing this program, graduates will have the opportunity to take New York State Board and leading national/industry-recognized certification examination(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant by New York State Board
  • Certified Hemodialysis Technician/Technologist (CHT) by BONENT
  • CPR Exam
  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), Certified EKG Technician (CET), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) by NHA

Program Curriculum

Curriculum Summary

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Units Modules Clinical Lab Skills Takeaways

UNIT 1 BASICS OF BEING A RCHF NURSE ASSISTANT

  • Theories of basic human needs
  • Diversity
  • The resident, resident's family, visitors (others)*
  • The health care team
  • Micro organisms
  • The process of infection
  • Medical asepsis
  • Universal Precautions
  • Exposure control
  • OSHA
  • Environmental
  • Resident risk factors
  • Accidents and incidents
  • Disaster plan
  • Responding to emergency codes
  • Fire safety
  • Choking and Heimlich maneuver
  • Physical effects of aging process
  • Abuse.
  • Respect of all personal belongings
  • Restraint safety
  • Hand washing
  • Using an ABC fire extinguisher
  • Heimlich Maneuver
  • Applies waist restraint
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Core Values)
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures, incl. Heimlich maneuver
  • Promoting Residents' Independence
  • Respecting Residents’ Rights
  • Maintaining care & security of resident's personal possessions
  • Avoiding the need for restraints
Units Modules Clinical Lab Skills Takeaways

UNIT 2 BASIC NURSING SKILLS

  • The Respiratory and Circulatory Systems
  • Taking and recording respirations
  • Taking and recording temperatures
  • Taking and recording radial pulse
  • Measuring/recording height
  • Measuring/recording weight
  • Components and care of the resident's environment
  • Include during admission, discharge, transfer
  • Isolation Precautions
    • Types of Patient/Resident Isolation
  • Bedmaking
  • Measure and record respiration
  • Measure and record oral temperature using a non-digital thermometer
  • Measure and record rectal temperature using a non-digital thermometer;
  • Measure and record radial pulse
  • Measure and record height;
  • Measure and record weight using balance scale and chair scale
  • Makes an unoccupied bed
  • Make an occupied bed;
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) - disposable gloves, gown, goggles and mask;
  • Follows isolation
  • Taking and recording vital sign
  • Measuring and recording height and weight
  • Caring for the resident's environment
  • Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of reporting such changes to a supervisor, including, but not limited to,.
    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid respirations
    • Coughs
    • Chills
    • Difficult or painful urination
    • Pain in chest or abdomen
  • Freedom from pain
    • Pain management
    • Recognizing and reporting pain
  • Care of the Dying Patient/Resident
  • Care of dying patient/resident
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THE MTI ADVANTAGE

  • Experience Faculty and Staff
  • 100% Medical and Healthcare Programs
  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment’s
  • State-of-the-Art Classrooms
  • All instructors are Practitioners as well as Instructors in their field
  • Workshops to enter the Workforce
  • Guaranteed Internships/Externships (Hands on Training)
  • Affiliated with top Hospitals and clinics
  • Career Development Skill
  • Job placement Assistant

Tuition, Books & Technology Fees

Program Patient Care Specialist
Hours 750
Registration Fee $100
Tuition $6,500
Books & Technology Fees $250
Clinical & Lab Fee $300
Lab Coat & Scrubs: $100
Total Program Cost $7,250

Fees

Registration Fee:

A non-refundable Registration Fee of $100.00 was due during registration to reserve a seat.

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Clinical/Lab Fee

Clinical/Lab Fee is used to cover the cost of Liability insurance policy and student lab operations and to provide students with Liability Insurance at clinical rotation internship sites.

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Books & Technology Fees

Books and Technology Fee provide students with Online Learning Resources, the learning management system, eBooks, and the student portal.

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Uniform Fee

Uniform Fee provides students with school logo uniforms, including 3 sets of scrubs and two Lab coats.

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Tuition:

Patient Care Specialist Program is $1,450 for the four (5) quarters, and a total of $7,250 for the entire program, with tuition payments due as follows:

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Quarter Hours Cost Per Quarter
1 150 $1,450
2 150 $1,450
3 150 $1,450
4 150 $1,450
4 150 $1,450

Schedule of Sessions

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Morning Classes

The day program will be

4 hours per day Monday- Friday.

20 hours per week for approximately 38 weeks.

6:00PM-10:00PM

Evening Schedule

The Evening program will be

4 hours per day Monday- Friday.

20 hours per week for approximately 38 weeks.

10:00AM- 3:00PM

Weekend Schedule

The weekend program will be

6 hours per day Saturdays and Sundays,

16 hours per week for approximately 74 weeks

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