The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program prepares a student for employment as a PCT. The Patient Care Technician works alongside other healthcare professionals to provide hands-on assistance to meet a patient’s basic needs. Earning your National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited PCT certification would demonstrate your knowledge, dedication, and professionalism in your field. Upon completion, graduates will have opportunities for employment in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, home health agencies, community health agencies, clinics, physician offices, and laboratories.
Graduates of this program may continue their education and use their PCT certification as a pathway to our nursing program, or test for a Phlebotomy Technician Certification, EKG Certification, or even for National Certification as a PCT. Certification exams offered through NHA are accredited by the NCCA.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills to safely perform patient care within their designated role on a healthcare team.
- Utilize effective communication techniques and proper medical terminology while interacting with a diverse patient population and other members of the healthcare team.
- Demonstrate infection control practices per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and facility guidelines when providing patient care within their designated role.
- Comply with legal, ethical, and professional standards within their performing patient care.
Application to Program
The Nursing and Health Sciences programs have limited enrollment and a selective review process. Students requesting admission to the Patient Care Technician program must first meet the requirements for general admission to the college, including satisfactory scores on placement tests. In addition to meeting all general admission criteria for the College, students must complete a separate Nursing and Health Sciences application and provide an official copy of their high school transcript or GED and any prior college transcripts. Applications to the Patient Care Technician program are available in the Health Sciences Division office or can be downloaded here:
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for the CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE, PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
- Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
- Completion of Math 101 by placement exam or credit
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative college or high school GPA