Patient Care Technician

Type of Course:  Vocational
Course Length: 480 hours (5-6 months)
Lab hours: 200 hours PCT bedside manner, phlebotomy/venipuncture EKG and respiratory training, 120 hours external rotation in a medical facility on-site with patients BLS/ CPR Training


The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program prepares certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to practice in the primary healthcare settings that provide continuous, comprehensive care. PCTs collect samples, record patient vital signs, and assist patients as needed. PCT students that train at CPT gain a solid foundation in clinical and laboratory practices that address the healthcare needs of patients. The program of study provides in-depth knowledge and clinical experiences in areas such as: anatomy and physiology, electrocardiograph (EKG), phlebotomy, and patient care skills. The vocational training at CPT for PCT students also prepares them to enter into or pursue other fields of nursing or medicine.


This course is designed to provide students with an ideal overall understanding of the Patient Care Technician theory and to learn hands on practical skills that are use by the Patient Care Technician. This course includes an introduction into the health care the different delivery sites, infection control, HIPPA laws and regulations patient safety and emergencies, communication and interpersonal skills used by the patient care technician, basic Anatomy and Physiology of the body, Blood circulation and the Lymphatic system venipuncture equipment routine venipuncture, venipuncture complications, special venipuncture collection, dermal puncture collection, specimen collection and processing performing Electrocardiogram, using 12 leads Electrograph machine, respiratory care, basic Radiography, bedside skills that are used by the patient care technician the  Program at Center for Progressive combining technical instruction with workplace basic training. It offers the student 120 hours of on-the-job experience and supervised training providing direct patient care, applying the clinical nursing skills acquired in the class room.


Patient Care Technician (6 weeks)
This section of the PCT program introduces students to patient care, communication, and ethical skills in the healthcare field. Anatomy and physiology of the human body is also covered in this session providing students with an in-depth knowledge of origin and functionality of body systems. Students will sit for the NHA Examination for Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) and receive licensure with a passing score of 70 or better.

Phlebotomy (8 weeks)
This section introduces the learner to venipuncture techniques, safety, disposal and complications. Students will learn to use venipuncture equipment properly, blood and non-blood specimen collection procedures, centrifugation and point-of-care testing regulations. At the successful completion of the laboratory and classroom hours, students will be eligible to take the NHA examination for Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and receive licensure with a passing score of 70 or better.

Electrocardiograph (6 weeks)
This section prepares students to perform electrocardiograph. Students learn EKG structure and function of the heart, EKG monitoring procedures, radiographic procedures, patient protection, catheter care, intravenous care and body mechanics. Upon successful completion of the laboratory and classroom hours, students will be eligible to take the NHA examination for Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET) and receive licensure with a passing score of 70 or better.

Externship (120 hours)
Upon the completion of all three sections of the PCT program students will be paired with an external clinical facility to carry-out their 120 hours of supervised experience. Students must have completed all course and laboratory hours and successfully passed each national examination before qualifying for the Externship portion of the PCT program at CPT. Any student lacking one or more section of the PCT program or has received an incomplete is not eligible for the Externship portion of the program.


Through the use of the supervised on-the-job practical application, the student will demonstrate knowledge and competency in basic clinical nursing skills as applied to the care of inpatient adults, in accordance with minimum entry-level industry standards in the application of: 

  • Demonstrate various skills perform by the PCT
  • Communication skills
  • Legal and ethical standards
  • Safety protocols
  • Asepsis and infection control
  • Knowledge of abnormal signs and symptoms
  • Observation, reporting and recording skills
  • Basic restorative skills
  • Patient care skills
  • Basic technical skills
  • Specimen collection

Upon completion of the PCT certification program, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following competencies: 

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills orally and on paper
  • Collect samples from patients using prescribed methodologies
  • Examine and evaluate patient’s health using patient care technician skills
  • Perform, chart and assess patient vital signs to ensure optimal healthcare
  • Assist patients with daily activities to promote patient wellness
  • Use a range of technologies applicable to phlebotomy and EKG recordings
  • Provide patient care to all age groups and various healthcare settings