Patient Care Technician Certificate

Because health care is changing at an unprecedented pace, new or varied approaches to patient care are emerging. One such approach is the use of multi-skilled individuals known as patient care technicians (PCT) who are a part of the health care team.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to work under the supervision of licensed professional personnel and alongside other health care providers in a variety of settings. Graduates will hold CNA certification and be qualified to sit for the National Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) exam, the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCCT) exam, and the EKG National exam (NCCT) at the completion of the course and prior to graduation. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care and assisted living facilities, hospice, home health as well as other healthcare facilities.

In addition to basic patient care skills, the PCT curriculum includes medical and surgical asepsis, basic anatomy and physiology, cardiac monitoring, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, clerical skills related to patient care and professional and interpersonal concepts. The program consists of classroom/lab instruction as well as supervised/preceptor clinical activities.

Diversity, challenge, autonomy, professional growth and flexible work schedules are just a few of many rewards which a PCT can enjoy. The patient care technician can experience personal satisfaction from providing a valuable service and develop strong rapport with patients and professionals. A Patient Care Technician certificate and certification can be the beginning pathway to other health care professions.

To become eligible for entry into the Patient Care Technician program applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 by the date of program entry.
  2. Complete RDG 100 and ENG 100 or RWR 100, and MAT 032/012 or have appropriate placement test scores to register for first semester classes.


  1. Drug Testing and background check will be completed upon admission to the program.
  2. Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the program.
  3. Students are required to provide and maintain current immunization records.
  4. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Major Studies Courses: The Patient Care Technician program is a one-semester certificate program taught on the Newberry campus in both fall and spring.


Required Courses

AHS 110 Patient Care Procedures 2.0
AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum 5.0
AHS 163 Long Term Care 5.0
AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications 4.0
Subtotal   0.0
Total Credit Hours   16.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Patient Care Technician program is committed to the development of a multi-skilled health care provider. Through didactic and clinical experience the students will be prepared in the medical and surgical asepsis, basic anatomy and physiology, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, law and ethics issues.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of OSHA and CDC requirements.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy
  3. Perform within the legal and ethical boundaries of a patient care technician
  4. Apply basic principles of electrocardiogram interpretation
  5. Perform emergency procedures
  6. Provide proper patient care
  7. Apply laboratory safety rules