The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program provides consists of classroom/lab instruction and supervised/preceptor clinical activities. Prior to clinical, the student must present a current CPR card for basic life support for health care providers. Upon successful completion of this competency-based program, students may be eligible to take certification exams in Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, and/or PCT.
Graduates of this program work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, laboratories, and clinics where basic bedside nursing skills are required, as well as the skills of phlebotomy, performing EKGs, stress testing, and holter monitoring procedures.
Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate from this program. Completion time depends on course load, course withdrawals, and repeat courses. The program takes approximately two semesters to complete based on full-time status (15+ hours per semester).
The estimated program cost per semester (subject to change) is $2,139 (based on the highest credential available).
Credentials and Exit Points
The credentials and exit points for PCT are listed below. Students who pursue the highest credential for this program (Certificate of Technical Studies) have the opportunity to finish each semester with a competency certificate.
TCA – NURSE ASSISTANT
TCA – EKG TECH
TCA – PHLEBOTMY TECH
CTS – PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN
Technical Competency Area (TCA), Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS)