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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician

Interested in working with patients and want to start on a career path in the health field?  Patient Care Technician (PCT) may be the answer!  PCTs play a vital role in patient care in hospitals; they work directly with patients and provide critical assistance to nurses. While this type of hands-on role can be demanding, it can also be very rewarding; it allows you to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the patients you serve.

What Is a Patient Care Technician?

A patient care technician is a healthcare technician working under the supervision of a nurse, doctor, or other health professional to administer basic care to patients in hospitals, doctors' offices, and residential living facilities. PCTs interact with patients face-to-face, helping with daily tasks, depending on the needs of the hospital staff.  Some of the essential duties that may be expected of a PCT include:
  • Help patients with mobility issues get into wheelchairs.
  • Help patients in and out of bed.
  • Assist patients during exercise.
  • Track a patient's progress during care, including physical therapy.
  • Listen to and take note of patient concerns.
  • Check vital signs.
  • Collect and/or deliver samples to the appropriate laboratory.
  • Offer support to patients and their families during stressful or emotional times.

Curriculum Information

The Patient Care Technician program includes 65 hours of classroom instruction plus an additional 55 hours of supervised clinical practice.  Assignments and hands-on experiences will include training and information in the following categories:

  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Basic Restorative Services
  • Rights of Residents
  • Understanding Dementia

Class Schedule, Information & Orientation

  • Information Session: Monday; Jan. 31, 10am-12 noon
    • Learn more about the Patient Care Technician program
  • Orientation: Friday, Feb. 4, 10am-12noon
  • Every Monday and Friday for five weeks, beginning Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
  • 8am-3pm (total of 13 hours per week)
  • Applications are now being accepted for the next class.
  • Participants must
    • have High School diploma or GED
    • be able to pass a background check
    • have negative results on random drug screen
    • have record of immunizations before beginning clinical practice
  • Submit an Admissions Application here.

Class Fees

  • Free for the first 15 applicants.
    • Grants are available to cover the cost of tuition and all classroom materials
  • Average fee: $1,950