Spring 2013 brings a lot of "new" to Northwest Louisiana Technical College—featuring the college's move to its new 9500 Industrial Drive campus. Along with that move comes new instructional programs, one of which is Patient Care Technician.
"We're utilizing recent budgetary adjustments in conjunction with our new campus move to update our program mix by offering new high demand high skill training alongside our current lineup of such programs," said college regional director Charles Strong. "All these changes taken together are firmly extending the growth mode Northwest has been in for a number of years. It's a great time for technical education in our part of the state."
Practical nursing and nursing assistant have historically two primary health occupations programs at the college.
"Our health occupations department has been one of the signature departments at our college for years," said Strong. "Illustrative of its quality is the 100 percent pass rate on the practical nursing state board exam just accomplished by our last graduating practical nursing class."
Strong believes expanding the department to include patient care technician will round the department out, allowing the college to fill a previous void between CNA and PN.
Patient Care Technician, or PCT, is a 24-semester credit hour program leading to a certificate of technical studies. According to Northwest Health Occupations Department Head Cathy Maddry a 27 credit hour load can be successfully completed in as little as two semesters.
"Part of PCT's beauty is that it combines the skills necessary to become a nurse assistant along with EKG and phlebotomy skills into an overall package that provides a more well rounded trainee," Maddry said. "Additionally, the program has technical competency area exit points at the nurse assistant, EKG skills and Phlebotomy levels that provide employability skills in a more compressed time frame to students that desire employment in a shorter period of time."
The college's Minden campus has received final approval to offer the new program from its accrediting body, the Council on Occupational Education, and will begin offering PCT classes in its spring 2013 semester.
"We have room for a maximum of 20 PCT students for spring," said Maddry. "These positions are likely to be filled quickly, so we urge interested applicants to contact our campus immediately for application information."
Those interested in either PCT or practical nursing need to test as soon as possible so their names can be placed on the waiting list.
"This is an exciting time of expansion for health occupations training at Northwest," said Maddry. "Not only are we accepting spring PCT enrollment for the first time—we still have some space available in our spring practical nursing program."
All Northwest Louisiana Technical College applicants must have taken the college's entrance exam, which is offered at 8 a.m. each non-holiday Tuesday and Thursday. There is a $30 charge for the test. Applicants are placed on program waiting list according to the date of completion of their entrance examinations and other application requirements.
For more information contact the college student services office or health occupations department at 371-3035.