Become a Certified Patient Care Technician

Our Patient Care Technician program prepares you to work directly with patients in a variety of healthcare settings. Learn a wide variety of fundamental clinical tasks designed to set you apart in the competitive job market.

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24 Weeks

Program Length

CPCT, CET, CPT

Certifications

$4,000.00

TUITION

National Healthcareer Association logo

Issuing Authority

What does a Patient Care Technician do?

A patient care technician is a professional who works with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide primary care to patients. Patient care technicians typically work on the front lines providing patient care. They assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require.

Patient care technicians have a wide range of responsibilities from medical tasks, such as taking vital signs, to basic care tasks, such as feeding and bathing patients. Two of the most important responsibilities a patient care technician has are providing emotional support to patients and families and assisting with communication regarding patient care needs.

Where does a Patient Care Technician work?

Certified patient care technicians work alongside other healthcare professionals in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, assisted living communities and long-term care facilities. 

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Patient Care Technician

Outcomes

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places patient care technicians under the same umbrella as nursing assistants and orderlies (healthcare professionals who provide basic patient care and assistance with activities of daily living). This professional group is projected to grow approximately 8% between 2020-2030.

The BLS reports the median annual wage for these healthcare professionals in 2020 was $30,830. Salaries are highly dependent on geographical location, the type of facility you work in and years of experience.  

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this certified patient care technician program you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Knowing medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding the responsibilities of basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc.
  • Performing safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Recognizing the importance of special care, concerns and settings
  • Understanding EKG readings and monitoring vital signs
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures, lab tests, blood glucose tests and exercise/nutrition/diet monitoring
  • Understanding the responsibilities of communication and professionalism
  • Administering medication, assisting with minor procedures and handling laboratory specimens
  • Assisting doctors and nurses with physical examinations

Courses - 24 Weeks

Professionalism in Allied Health

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

Phlebotomy

Electrocardiography

Fundamentals of Patient Care

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Patient Care Technician Job Possibilities

Certified Nursing
Assistant

$23,000 - $35,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Home Health
Aide

$21,000 - $34,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Personal Care
Aide

$24,000 - $67,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Certification Information

Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements to take the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam which is sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock and a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) has a diverse range of knowledge and skills vital to that care. Earning your Patient Care Technician credential and passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CPCT exam will set you up for success.

Disclaimer: Graduates of this program are strongly encouraged to pursue supervised administration of required Phlebotomy and EKG tasks required for certification. These are additional requirements after obtaining employment in the field as a prerequisite to gaining additional certification as a Certified EKG Technician (CET) or a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and are not included in this program.

CPCT

Certified Patient Care Technician

Earning this certification will ensure that understand and are able to provide basic patient care.

CET

Certified EKG Technician

Earning this national certification demonstrates to future employers that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as an EKG technician.

CPT

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The CPT ensures you are knowledgable and fully prepared to work as a phlebotomy technician in a clinical environment. 

Patient Care Technician Online Training Tuition Options

In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option. 

 

     

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds. 

 

Pay for your training with an education loan through Sallie Mae. Follow the below steps to begin your registration process.

Complete the course registration process to reserve your seat.

 

Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select "Corporate Invoice" if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans. 

 

Download the free brochure below to your HR representative or manager and show them the benefits of gaining additional education!

Apply for a workforce grant through NCWorks and get all or part of your training paid for! Complete the course registration process on this site to reserve your seat. Select “NCWorks Grant” as your payment option. 

Pay in Full

$4,000

one time cost

Pay in full

Pay in full for your program using PayPal, Venmo or a credit card. 

Payment Plan

$4,000

INSTALLMENTS

Flexible payment option

Choose PayPal Credit at checkout to receive no-interest payments if paid in full in 6 months.

Tuition Assistance

$4,000

company invoice

Employer sponsored payment

We accept employer sponsored payments including tuition assistance/reimbursement.

Do you need help paying for your certification program?

Many employers offer education assistance programs. Download the brochures to show your employer the benefit of upskilling their employees.

PROGRAM COMPARISONS


Greensboro College

Community College

Program & Tuition Cost

$4,000 average

Up to $20,000

Exam Fees, Books & Materials

Included

Up to $750

Job Ready In

3–6 months

24–48 months

Schedule Flexibility

On-demand 24/7

Set class schedule

Travel Requirements

None: 100% online

On-campus classrooms

Student Support

Personal Advisors: text, call and email access

Professors: scheduled office hours

Career Coaching

Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers

Exam-based + prerequisites and electives

to meet credit

Content Delivery

3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning

Professor lectures

Meet Your Workforce Training Specialist

Kelly is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Kelly to learn more about the program, Greensboro College and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

FAQ

​​You can! Many patient care technicians have little to no healthcare experience prior to beginning their training. If you possess a passion for helping others in a healthcare setting, then you’re able to become a patient care technician.

Many patient care technicians work full-time. The schedule varies as health care facilities such as hospitals and assisted living homes are open 24/7. It may be necessary to work weekends, nights and some holidays. The daily schedule of a PTC does vary as the needs of the patient largely dictate what will be done.

Patient care technicians should have good communication skills, compassion, patience and physical stamina. If you’re lacking in one or more of these areas, it doesn’t necessarily mean you wouldn’t be a good PCT, and it may be an area you wish to focus on as part of your training.

Many patient care technicians find enjoyment in caring for patients. Healthcare is very social and it affords the opportunity to build lasting bonds with co-workers and patients alike. It is also an environment that is fast-paced with little down time.

Patient care technicians and CNAs have very similar job descriptions. They both provide basic patient care such as bathing, feeding, lifting and turning patients, giving catheter care, monitoring vital signs and managing room cleanliness. However, patient care technicians can also perform electrocardiogram readings and perform blood draws and other phlebotomy procedures (as long as they earn the certification). Another difference is CNAs work under the supervision of registered nurses, and patient care technicians do not.

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