Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Schedule:  Fall and Spring Semesters

Classes are held:  2 days per week

Theory & Skills:  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (College)

Clinical:  7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Clinical Sites)

If you are interested in working with healthcare professionals and contributing to the team in the care of patients, the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program can provide you with the knowledge and qualifications you need.  If you are already a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), the Patient Care Technician program can increase your knowledge and skills for potential employees.

St. Vincent’s Patient Care Technician Certificate Program prepares you to become an allied healthcare worker and to support patient care in a variety of healthcare settings. While offering you the technical aspects required in the field, the program also provides you with the sound communication skills you’ll need to interact effectively with patients and their families, as well as the physicians, nurses, technicians, and other healthcare providers.

What Do Patient Care Technicians Do?

The role of the Patient Care Technician builds on the basic skills of a Nurse Aide, while including additional responsibilities such as changing simple dressings, drawing blood for laboratory tests, and conducting electrocardiograms. Serving under the supervision of licensed personnel, Patient Care Technicians work with a variety of patients in physician’s offices, clinics, extended care facilities, surgical centers, hospitals, and community agencies.

Program Objectives

The graduates of the Patient Care Technician Program will:

  • Demonstrate charity and respect for the human dignity and rights of all individuals.
  • Function as assistants within the healthcare team utilizing multiple skills.
  • Provide selected patient care activities under supervision of licensed personnel.

Program of Study

The 10 week certificate program prepares you to function as an assistant within the healthcare team, utilizing multiple skills.

Employment Opportunities

Physicians offices, clinics, extended care facilities, surgical centers, hospitals, and community agencies and hospitals are just some of the organizations in which Patient Care Technicians are providing services.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official High School or GED Transcript
  • Official College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • CPR certified
  • Nurse Aide Certification (CNA) (must be current)
  • Health Clearance  (This must be completed after acceptance to program)
  • Security Background check (paperwork will be provided once accepted)

Cost: See Certificate Program Cost Sheet

Start Dates: Fall and Spring