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.

Admission: This program is on the Newberry campus and begins a new class each fall semester.  Students entering in spring or summer term may take brush up classes or AHS 163 and/or AHS 106.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.



Required Courses

AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary/Anatomy 3.0
AHS 107 Clinical Computations 2.0
AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum 5.0
AHS 152 Health Care Procedures II 6.0
AHS 163 Long Term Care 5.0
AHS 170 Fundamentals of Disease 3.0
AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications 4.0
Subtotal   0.0
Total Credit Hours   28.0

Updated 3/31/2017

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. Provide proper patient care techniques in the hospital, rehabilitation facilities and laboratory settings.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of skills related to Patient Care Technician
  4. Demonstrate proper adherence to patient confidentiality by following HIPPA regulations
  5. Apply the knowledge of medical law & ethics to the practice of Patient Care Technician 


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Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Patient Care is a limited enrollment program accepting 25 students each fall on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Completing a secondary application process is not currently required to enter this program.

  • Patient Care courses are offered in the day on the Newberry campus. 

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to enter into and progress through the Patient Care program.  Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.  Students must be 18 years old by the date of program entry.

Notes about individual classes

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken in the Spring or Summer terms before program entry in the fall.  AHS 163 and AHS 106 may also be taken before program entry.

  • Students who have already completed BIO 112 (or BIO 210 and BIO 211) and AHS 102 will be eligible to receive substitution credit for AHS 104.

  • Students will complete state certification for CNA in the first semester. Students with current CNA certification will be awarded exemption credit for AHS 163. 

Notes about other requirements

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart (here) for more information.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. Additional drug screenings may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Patient Care Technician Certificate (PCT7)


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • You may contact Quenithia White about this program.

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.