Tunxis Community College - Patient Care Technician Training Program

Learning Experience Reviewed 2015 

  • Patient Care Technician Program

Credit Recommendation

  • Certified Nurse Aide: 4 credits, lower division level
  • EKG Skills and Pulse Oximetry: 1 credit, lower division level
  • Phlebotomy Technician: 7 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

June 2010 through June 2020

Source of Records

eTranscripts; Tunxis Community College, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032, Phone: 860.773.1300

About the Reviewed Program

The Patient Care Technician Program at Tunxis Community College is comprised of three components leading to separate certificates in Certified Nurse Aide; EKG Skills and Pulse Oximetry; and Phlebotomy Technician. Students who have successfully completed any separate component are eligible for the related credit.

How to Apply for the Credit


Certified Nurse Aide: 4 credits, lower division level
This course of study provides instruction on utilizing a humanistic approach to provide basic care to people in a variety of health care settings. Students will understand how health care systems operate and will learn the skills necessary to function safely and efficiently in a health care setting. Students will learn the information and practical skills necessary for taking and passing the certification examination required by the state of Connecticut. The student is given the opportunity to practice selected skills in a college laboratory and in a clinical setting.

EKG Skills and Pulse Oximetry: 1 credit, lower division level
This course will teach the student the basic skills in administering a 12-lead EKG, including cardiac anatomy and function; appropriate skin preparation; proper lead placement; and identification of P, Q, R, S and T wave forms. Recognizing a normal versus abnormal electrocardiogram, prevent artifacts, and adapt to unusual patient situations will be discussed. This class also covers utilizing a pulse oximeter. The student will be instructed on the sensor placement and pulse correlation techniques to measure oxygen saturation accurately.

Phlebotomy Technician: 7 credits, lower division level
This course provides students with the theory and clinical knowledge to become a phlebotomist. Students will learn venipuncture and dermal puncture; anatomy and physiology; and medical terminology.

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.