Patient Care Technician


The program provides 600 hours of training to students in all of the relevant areas of education and practice required for a Patient Care Technician professional.

The curriculum includes education in medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; nurse assisting; occupational therapy; radiology; respiratory and geriatric skills; advanced home health aide needs; HIV/AIDS; blood borne pathogens; OSHA; CPR and First Aid training.

The program provides 116 hours of laboratory and 150 clinical practice hours where the students gain the required proficiency in the skills necessary for this profession. Included in the clinical hours is the ability for the students to demonstrate their nursing assisting skills in a 40-hour clinical practice at a nursing home orlong-term care facility.

After completion, students are prepared to take the state examination and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and are also eligible to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) examination with the National HealthcareerAssociation (NHA).

Program Objective:

The Patient Care Technician program prepares students with the knowledge and hands-on training required for patient care related careers. Upon successful completion of the program students are prepared to perform entry level technical and personal care skills for patients in nursing homes, hospitals, healthcare, or medical facilities.

This program opens doors for students to work as Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomists and EKG technicians. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) State licensing exam, as well as for the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) with the National Healthcareer Association.

Course Outline

Course NumberCourse TitleClock HoursServices
PCT 100Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology60 
PCT 110Nursing Assistant I85 
HIV 120HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Pathogens and OSHA6 
PCT 130Nursing Assistant II4040 Lab
CPR 140CPR and First Aid66 Lab
PCT 150Clinical Practicum4040 Clinical
PCT 160Introduction to Phlebotomy Theory, Skills, and Lab8520 Lab 25 Clinical
PCT 170Introduction to Electrocardiography Theory, Skills, and Lab8020 Lab 25 Clinical
PCT 180Patient Care Technician Theory and Skills Lab I8515 Lab 30 Clinical
PCT 190Patient Care Technician Theory and Skills Lab II8515 Lab 30 Clinical
PCT 200Preparation for the Patient Care Technician Career28 

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