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Emergency Room and Patient Care Technician Certificate

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18 Credits

This program consists of two stackable certificates, both the Nursing Assistant and MA-Phlebotomy certificates. Graduates will be eligible for state examination and licensure for both MA-Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant. Successful licensure will allow the graduate to work as a patient care or emergency room technician. The training provides basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, ethical, legal and regulatory issues, safety measures, infection control, special collections, and patient care.

This role is similar to the role of first responders in the field but occurs within the Emergency Room Setting. Typical job functions include:  

  • Assisting with observation and care of patients
  • Performing care tasks such as taking vitals signs, mobility assistance, specimen collection, EKGs, venipuncture and capillary sticks
  • Responding to critical life-saving emergency situations
  • Gathering and identifying patient care needs 
  • Preparation of equipment and supplies for emergency procedures
  • Transporting and transferring patients
  • Department maintenance 
  • Assisting with clerical and communication tasks to support patient care

 Skills and techniques acquired in this program are veni and capillary blood collections, basic patient care, EKG and vital signs. BLS certificate is acquired during the program. A minimum grade of 2.5 or higher is required in each course. This program prepares graduates to develop concepts and knowledge necessary to provide entry level patient care as an emergency room or patient care technician.

This program may be completed in one or two quarters. The one-quarter program is an intensive program consisting of 18 credits that will culminate in eligibility for both your Nursing Assistant and MA-Phlebotomy Licenses. The two-quarter program can be completed at a moderate pace by completing the Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy programs one at a time.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old Valid photo ID (driver’s license or any state-issued photo ID)
  • Must pass a Washington State Patrol and DSHS Background Check
  • College Success Assessment score of 72 or higher, or CASAS Assessment score of 236 or higher
  • Required immunizations
  • Uniform, text book and class supplies
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness and Liability Insurance is required for participation in the program

For the complete details, please refer to the Nurse Assistant and Phlebotomy Applications. Students must earn a grade of 2.5 or higher in each class in the program to earn the certificate.

Contact: Career and Advising Center-Student Affairs & Success Building, 104; 253-833-9111, ext. 2641 or

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