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Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Certificate -  Allied Health Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Principles of Clinical Practice AHE110 3
Patient Care Skills AHE111 3 co-reqs AHE106 and AHE110
CNA Practicum AHE106 1 co-reqs AHE110 and AHE111
Understanding Human Behavior for Health Care Professionals or Human Growth and Development AHE104 or PSY213 3 PSY101
Advanced Clinical Skills AHE201* 3 AHE111 or AHE112
Practicum/Patient Care Technician AHE204 3 AHE111; co-req AHE201
Practicum Seminar/Allied Health AHE209 1 co-req AHE204
Applications/Concepts or Medical Computer Applications CIT110 or OIM102 3 Prerequisite for CIT110: ESL098 or RDG095 or placement; prerequisite for OIM102: Chair approval
Medical Terminology NHP180 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 26
Last Modified Date: December 3, 2018

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Allied Health

Degree Type: Certificate

This is a selective program. View Patient Care Technician Certificate Program Selective Program Application and Instructions

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*Prerequisite for AHE201 is AHE111 for students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician Program.

This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus each fall and spring semester.

Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. Admission to an Allied Health program does not guarantee clinical placement. For further information, see the Department Chair. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in AHE110 and AHE111 in order to continue into the second semester.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to this program, students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and: 

  • Possess a high school diploma, GED certification, ot HiSet.
  • Attend an information session. 
  • Provide evidence of health insurance, complete a health form and submit proof of immunization.
  • Place out of or complete ENG095 and RDG095 with a grade of C or better.

Program Overview

This program prepares students to deliver direct patient care through classroom teaching, lab practice, and actual clinical experience in hospitals and long-term care facilities. The program prepares students for a variety of positions in the health care field.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, chronic care facilities, and the home environment as multi-skilled workers, patient care technicians, patient care associates, medical aides, certified nursing assistants, and home health aides. The program prepares students in Healthcare Provider CPR Certifications. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification exams for State Nurse Aide and Home Health Aide.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform direct patient care competently.
  • Perform basic computer skills.