The Patient Care Technician program is designed to train students to function safely and effectively as integral members of the health care delivery team. In this multi-occupational program, students are cross-trained to perform a variety of healthcare functions, including among others, basic patient care, performance of electrocardiograms as an EKG Technician, or collecting laboratory specimens as a Phlebotomist.

The program is comprised of 11 modular units of learning, which combine theory and laboratory time, and 80 hours of Clinical Externship, which is completed after successful completion of the 11 modular units. During the Clinical Externship, students have the opportunity to observe and become part of a heath care team as they gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with other health care practitioners.

Graduates of this Program will be Eligible to Obtain Six Certifications:

  1. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
  2. Home Health Aide (HHA).
  3. Trained Medication Aide (TMA).
  4. Certified EKG Technician (CET).
  5. Phlebotomy Certification.
  6. Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT).

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements. 

What Patient Care Technician do?

Patient Care Technicians or PCTs work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care environments. The responsibilities of a PCT include caring for injures, physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled patients. Normally, PCTs will check patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and temperature. Collect specimens for laboratory, and perform electrocardiograms. PCTs also monitor patients food intake, help to perform a physical exam, make sure that patients receive medications needed, change bedding, help patients bathe, shave or change clothes, and maintain the room properly sterilized. PCTs handle medical records and patient communication.

Where Patient Care Technician Work?

Patient Care Technician could potentially find employment opportunities at:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted living communities
  • Physician Offices
  • Long-term or other medical facilities
  • Specialty and urgent care centers
  • Rehabilitation centers

Program Outline

Program Outline with Total Program Hours

Patient Care Technician

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Course Course Title Theory Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Hours
GEN201 Emergency Procedures 10 4   14
GEN202 HIV/AIDS 10     10
GEN203 Domestic Violence 4     4
PCT101 Overview of the human Body 60 22   82
PCT102 Medical Terminology 10     10
PCT103 Foundation Patient Care 50 50   100
PCT104 Basic Patient Care Skills 50 50   100
PCT105 Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient 20 20   40
PCT106 Professional Development 50 20   70
PCT107 Electrocardiography and Diagnostic Imaging 40 40 40 120
PCT108 Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques 40 40 40 120
PCT109 Clinical Externship     80 80
Total Hours 344 246 160 750