Patient Care Technician

Career Overview

Patient Care Technician Application Packet

Patient Care Technicians are Allied Health professionals who provide direct patient care within their regulated scope of practice. They perform basic nursing assistant tasks (as delegated by the nursing or medical staff) which may include obtaining patient vital signs and other data, communicating with the healthcare team and patients, assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs), complying with confidentiality requirements, and performing ECGs and Phlebotomy tasks. Completers of this program are eligible to sit for the national examination through the NCCT, National Center for Competency Testing.

Length & Cost of Training

The program consists of 224 contact hours of class and laboratory instruction. Students may complete the program in one-two semesters. The program total tuition is $1,320, plus liability insurance. Text books and other required materials are not covered by financial aid.


Students who successfully complete the program may sit for the Nationally Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) National Certification Exam, which is required for employment as a Patient Care Technician.

Knowledge-Based Foundation CoursesContact Hours
Semester I
Basic Medical Terminology and A&P (NUPC 1091)56
Patient Care Procedures (NUPC 1020)56
ECG Certified Technician (ECRD 1011)48
Basic Phlebotomy (PLAB 1091)40
Semester II
PCT Exam Review Online (NUPC 2000) 24
BLS Healthcare Provider CPR ( EMSP 1019) optional7
Total Contact Hours224
  • High school diploma, GED or transcript evaluation equivalence and 18 years of age
  • Must be able to read, write and speak and understand English at a minimum of 12th grade level
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Documentation or assessment of computer skills – Windows, MS Office or transcripted computer course
  • Completed application packet, immunization records

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