Direct Care

The Direct Care concentration allows the students to explore careers focused on changing the health status of the patient over time.

Health professionals in this concentration work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information. After successful completion of the Classroom instructions on skills and Medical Terminology, student will go to clinical area to use knowledge and apply to Patient Care. Clinical experience requires students to obtain the Hepatitis B Vaccination, Flu Shot, and TB Test. (Due to the pandemic facilities may require immunization for COVID-19.)

What are the classes about?

  • Healthcare Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Care
  • Medical Terminology

What skills will students learn?

  • Hand washing
  • Safety & Body Mechanics
  • Bathing
  • Feeding & Diets (Therapeutic)
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Positioning Patient
  • Infection Control
  • Vital Signs
  • Bed manners
  • Patient Rights
  • Personal Protective Equipment usage
  • Transfer of Patient to Wheel Chair

Health Clinical Experience is designed to be used in conjunction with a Health Science Education course that includes a clinical specialization experience. Instructional content focuses on extending career preparation and technical skills associated with a previously selected clinical specialization.

Medical Terminology introduces students to the language of medicine. Students will gain an understanding of basic elements, rules of building and analyzing medical words, and medical terms associated with the body as a whole. Utilizing a systems approach, students will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, oncology, and pharmacology. In addition to medical terms, common abbreviations applicable to each system will be interpreted.

What Certifications are available?

  • CPR & First Aid
  • OSHA 10
  • Certified Direct Care Worker

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

  • Patient Care in Hospital
  • Home Health
  • Clinic and Doctor’s office
  • Hospice Care
  • Assisted Living Facility

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Mathematical
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Team work
  • Good Reading and Communication skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Technical Skills

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Students interested in the Direct Care Worker training at PCTC should be patient, and be compassionate. Students will also need to be drug free.