Patient Care Technician
Adult Program Number H170694

PCT is a 600 hour, 5 to 6 month program. RIVEROAK starts a new class in January, which finishes in June and then a new class starts in July, which finishes in December. Students start attending Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After about 3 weeks students receive clinical instruction in different nursing facilities off campus. Off campus clinicals could require that students attend on some evenings and weekends depending on the nursing facility.

If you are interested, you should immediately call (386) 647-4210 to register for the TABE test. The TABE is a test of adult basic education and is required by the state of Florida for any person entering a vocational program.
Some students may be TABE exempt, see application for details. When you finish the TABE test you meet with the counselor, fill out an application and get your name on the waiting list for the next  PCT program. You may also want to go ahead and apply for financial aid. The website for the PELL Grant is: and our school number is:  016824.
Program Description:  This program prepares students for entry level careers in providing patient care.  The content includes home health aide, nursing assistant skills including hospital and nursing home care, nutrition, phlebotomy, EKG, and any skills associated with a non-licensed position in a hospital or nursing home such as rehabilitation aide.

Job Opportunities:  Many positions are available in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, health facilities, and other health care facilities utilizing assistants to nurses. During the most recent follow-up survey (2015-16), 80% of the graduates were employed.

Program Costs:  The approximate cost for tuition, books, liability insurance, supplies, CNA pin, and drug screening is $2923.00.  White clinical shoes, uniforms, hose, watch with sweep second hand, a physical, and Hepatitis B shots are also required.  Students need to show proof that they are covered by health and accident insurance or have some arrangement for payment of health care if needed while in clinical areas.
On-time completion rate for program 100%
Placement rate for students completing program 80%
Median Loan debt incurred by students as provided by ED  NA

Licensure:  Upon successful completion of the Patient Care Assistant Program, students must apply to take the CNA state certification exam.  The approximate cost for this exam is $155.00.  Based on the most recent information available (2015-16), 93% of the program completers passed the LICENSURE exam. 

Special Admission Requirements:  Prospective students must have a clear FDLE criminal background check prior to admission.  A list of felonies and misdemeanors that would exclude a student as determined by the Florida Board of Nursing are listed below.  A drug test will also be administered as part of this program. 

Criminal History That Would Deny Admission or Cause Immediate Dismissal From the Program:  According to 464.018 (1) Florida Statute, the following acts constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.  Accordingly, being found guilty, regardless of adjudication, of any of the following offenses will result in denial of admission into nursing related programs or immediate dismissal from these programs.   (NOTE:  If adjudication is withheld on a disqualifying offense, it is disqualifying.  Some of the disqualifying offenses are misdemeanors and some are felonies.  A DUI offense will also disqualify a student.)

1.  Having been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nono contendere to or guilty to, any offense prohibited under 435.03 Florida Statute or under any similar statute of another jurisdiction; or having committed an act which constitutes domestic violence as defined in 741.28 Florida Statutes.

2. Chapter Offenses (Listed below)

Chapter        Offenses
  39             Relating to child abuse, abandonment, and neglect
415             Relating to protection from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
776             A forcible felony
782             Relating to murder and homicide
784             Relating to assault, battery, and culpable negligence
787             Relating to kidnapping and false imprisonment
794             Relating to sexual battery
796             Relating to prostitution
798             Relating to lewd and lascivious behavior
800             Relating to lewdness and indecent exposure
806             Relating to arson
812             Relating to theft, robbery, and related crimes
817             Relating to fraudulent practices
825             Relating to aggravated abuse
826             Relating to incest
827             Relating to child abuse
847             Relating to obscene literature
893             Engaging or attempting to engage in the possession, sale, or distribution of controlled substances 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, you are being notified that effective July 1, 2009, health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been:

1. Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contender to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S. C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or please ended more than 15 years prior to the application.

2. Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years).

3. Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years).

Adult Courses and Clock Hours         

HSC0003:  Basic Healthcare Worker – Outcomes are referred to as the Health Science Core and do not have to be completed if the student has previously completed the core in another program at any level.  Content includes:  knowledge of the health care delivery system, legal and ethical responsibilities, safety and security procedures, infection control procedures, and knowledge of blood borne diseases including AIDS.
Adult – 90 clock hours

HCP0121:  Nurse Aide/Orderly – After completing this course, the student will be able to:   perform physical comfort and safety functions, provide personal patient care, and provide care for geriatric patients.
Adult – 75 clock hours

HCP0331:  Advanced Home Health Aide – The student will be able to:   perform physical comfort and safety functions specific to home health aide, apply the principles of infection control specific to home health aide, and perform home health-care services.
Adult – 50 clock hours

HCP0020:  Patient Care Assistant – The student will be able to:   perform nursing assistant skills related to the hospital setting and provide nursing assistant care for the adult patient.
Adult – 75 clock hours

HSC0016:  Allied Health Assistant – The student will be able to:   perform skills representative of 1 – 3 major allied health areas as determined by local labor market demand.  Such skills must be at the aide level and not beyond the scope of unlicensed assistive personnel.
Adult – 150 clock hours

MEA0580:  Advanced Allied Health Assistant – After completing this course, the student will be able to:   perform additional skills from the previous courses which are in the aide level and do not go beyond the scope of practice of unlicensed assistive personnel.
Adult – 100 clock hours  

PRN0094:  Patient Care Technician – After completing all courses the student will be able to:   demonstrate knowledge of organizational and effective team member skills and practice organizational and effective team member skills in a clinical setting.
Adult – 60 clock hours