Patient Care Technician

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate basic nursing skills, provision of activities of daily living, and advanced dementia care.
  2. Students will demonstrate adherence to ethical principles and legal guidelines in the delivery of patient care.
  3. Students will obtain the Texas Nurse Aide Certificate
  4. Students will obtain the National Healthcareer Patient Care Technician Certificate (CPCT/A)
  5. Students will obtain the National Healthcareer Phlebotomy Certificate (CPT)
  6. Students will obtain the National Healthcareer Electrocardiogram Certificate (CET)

Advisory Committee Members

Kathy Dassler, MS, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Kennetha Foster, MSN, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, South Texas Health System - McAllen Medical Center
Nancy Garcia, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CMOM, CMCO, Chief Nursing Officer, DHR Health System
Alfred Mascorro, VP of Quality- Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Frank Tostado, RN Director of Nursing Services - Legends- McAllen Transitional Care
Romeo Valladares, RN- Administrator, Presidente Home Care, Inc.
Macario Villarreal, RN - Director of Nursing, Retama Manor
Cesar E Guerra, RN- Chief Nursing officer, Mission Regional Medical Center

Ex-Officio Members

Elizabeth Hernandez, Program Developer & Coordinator, Continuing Education Operations, South Texas College
Maggie Handy, RN - Assistant Chair, South Texas College
Margo Ayala DNP, RN, VN - Program Chair, South Texas College
Marino Alfred Acevedo, PhD, RN ADN Program Chair, ADN 
Annette Wingate DNP, RN - Program Chair, RN-to-BSN Program
Sharon Rice RN – Program Chair, PCT
Nora Martinez, DNP, RN, FNP-BC - Assistant Chair, South Texas College 

Occupational Skills Award


Patient Care Assistant Occupational Skills Award

TSI Exempt

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
NURA 1401 Nurse Aide for Health Care 1 4
NURA 1160 Clinical I 1 1
NURA 1407
Body Systems 1
or Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours9

Students will be liable to take the NACES exam upon completion of this coursework and if they pass, will be eligible for employment. 

Patient Care Technician Certificate

TSI Exempt

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
NURA 1401 Nurse Aide for Health Care 4
NURA 1160 Clinical I 1
NUPC 1320 Patient Care Technician/Assistant 3
PLAB 1323 Phlebotomy 3
ECRD 1211 Electrocardiography 2
NUPC 1360 CAPSTONE: Clinical II 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours16