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New Patient Care Technician program to start this fall

April 23, 2014

Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College was recently awarded a $110,820 grant to start a new Patient Care Technician certification program.

The two-year WVAdvance grant awarded to Mountwest by the Community & Technical College System of West Virginia will provide seed funding for a new one-semester training program to meet the growing regional demand for patient care technicians in local hospitals.   

Through the program, students will be trained in direct basic patient care learning skills such as bathing, feeding and toileting; taking vital signs; CPR/First Aid; and patient communications. Students will also receive practicum experience in a healthcare setting to put the skills learned in the classroom/lab setting into practice. At the conclusion of their training, students will sit for their National Certification Exam in Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

This new program also offers students the opportunity to easily transition into Mountwest’s Medical Assisting associate degree program.

“The Patient Care Technician program will allow students interested in the healthcare field to receive high-level training in just one semester,” said Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Kellie Cyrus, MS, RN. “Upon completion of the program, students can decide to enter the workforce immediately or continue their education with an associate or bachelor’s degree.”    

Classes for the new Patient Care Technician program will begin Aug. 25, 2014. For more information, contact Kellie Cyrus at 304-710-3526.