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Certified Patient Care Specialist Program (CPCS)

Program Type: 
Certification Program

The Certified Patient Care Specialist is a combination of Certified Nursing Assistant program and Certified Patient Care Technician program. This is a seven week program that continues after the student has completed the CNA program. The Patient Care Specialist is a 230 clock hours of classroom and technical requirements. Graduates may work in long term health care facilities, hospitals, and home health.

This program teaches students the standard precautions for protecting themselves and patients from infections; how to admit, transfer and discharge patients; basic patient care, such as tooth brushing and bathing; take vital signs; do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and prepare patients for surgery.

Emphasis is on technical skills necessary to perform personal care to complex patients, implementation of selected portions of care plans, including respiratory services, rehabilitation services, EKG and phlebotomy under the supervision of registered nurses. Students also learn how to change hospital gowns when a patient has an IV; how to treat patients with hot and cold applications; how to attend to post-mortem cases.
Observation skills: Patient Care Specialists "become the nurse's eyes and ears to help her assess the patient." The course is recommended, but not required, for students interested in the Licensed Practical Nurse program which is not offered in the school.

Career Opportunities: 

Qualified health care workers are in great demand. Patient Care Specialist may find jobs in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Home Healthcare Agencies.

Program Information: 

The program is a total of 230 clock hours. Students will attend classes from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for 13 days for the CNA program and from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm for 8 weeks for the Patient Care Tech program.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Certificate and a letter of completion and will be eligible to take the CNA certification examination through the State of Michigan Department of Community Health (Thompson Pro-Metric Examination).

Students will also be eligible to take the National Certification examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) for CPCS Certification.

National Healthcareer Association also offers CPCT students the opportunity to take the Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician Examinations after successfully completing the program.

Upon passing the Certification examinations, students will receive the following three (3) certifications:

Patient Care Technician Certification
Phlebotomy Technician Certification
EKG Technician Certification