Patient Care Technician 101







Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course each student will:

  • Have performed all items included on the skills check list satisfactorily
  • Be prepared to continue into the second quarter clinical training
  • Be eligible to take the Washington State nursing assistant certification examination

Course Requirements

Students will spend 6 hours weekly in patient care technician training over 10 weeks (total 60 hours):

  • Two 3-hour classroom training sessions per week  

  • Eight hours of skills lab practice 

Attendance is critical in the PCT program as each class builds on the previous class material.
Attendance is one component of the entire grade. If a student is going to be absent or late,
it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor, Lee Forshey, and a peer for missed
content, handouts, notes, and instructions.

Students will receive a mid-term evaluation and a final evaluation during both quarters of the program.
Evidence of failing grades will be discussed with students early.
Evaluation forms are included in the syllabus.


Grades are based on percentages as follows:

                       90-100%            4.0

                        80-89%             3.0

                        70-79%             2.0

There are a total of 1,000 points possible, including 2 quizzes, mid-term, final, 2 essays, weekly workbook assignments and participation points.

If a student misses a quiz or an exam due to absence, there will NOT be make-up tests given
and a score of zero will be figured into the student’s final grade.

Note: A grade of I (Incomplete) or a grade of less than 2.0 may be sufficient reason for
non-acceptance into the following quarter’s course work and clinical experience.

Required Text

Textbook for Nursing Assistants: A Humanistic Approach to Care giving
Pamela J. Carter; Susan Lewsen
Copyright 2005 by Lippencott Williams & Wilkins

Student Workbook to Accompany Lippencott’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants
Pamela J. Carter; Susan Lewsen
Copyright 2005 by Lippencott Williams & Wilkins

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