Brookdale has partnered with Monmouth Medical Center to open a new patient care technician (PCT) training lab at the Long Branch Higher Education Center.
The lab, featuring professional-grade equipment and tools donated by Monmouth Medical personnel, will serve as a training center for Brookdale students and help fill employment vacancies at the hospital.
Students who enroll in the Long Branch center’s 150-hour PCT certification program will now be able to practice career skills in a realistic hospital setting.
The new lab includes hospital beds, training dummies, oxygen administration equipment and diagnostic tools such as an electrocardiography (EKG) machine.
The program also offers traditional classroom learning, guided clinical training at Monmouth Medical Center and career assistance.
Graduates are eligible to sit for a national certification exam and begin working as a PCT in hospitals and other health care settings. A PCT certification also serves as a prerequisite to training in more advanced medical fields, including nursing.
Brookdale PCT student Nadine Alexis joined about a dozen fellow students and faculty members for the grand opening of the new lab on May 19.
Pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor, Alexis said she was excited to train and learn the PCT fundamentals in the new facility.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “Between the lab and the clinical [portion of the program], I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot here.”
Enrollment for the next PCT training program at Brookdale in Long Branch begins in June. To learn more, contact Brookdale’s Center for Career Development at 732-224-2315 or visit their webpage.
PHOTO CAPTION: Nadine Alexis (second from right) practices skills with instructor Barbara Boyler (far right) in Brookdale’s new patient care technician lab in Long Branch on May 19.