Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced cross trained nursing assistants, patient care technicians, health technologists and technicians, health care technicians, patient care assistants, nursing aides and orderlies, home health aides, or allied health assistants. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.

Program Overview

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills needed to pursue entry-level employment in the health care industry as Patient Care Technicians. The Patient Care Technician works alongside other healthcare professionals to provide hands-on assistance to meet a patient’s basic needs. 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. Career-driven students may utilize their PCT training, skills and knowledge as a stepping stone to careers in nursing or other healthcare fields.

*Daytime program requires full-time enrollment.

*Part-time night classes are available.

Practical Nursing

Employment Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing home facilities
  • Blood banks
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Dialysis facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Other healthcare related environments

What You'll Learn

  • The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the elements of the health care industry. This program will prepare the student to function in a long term care facility, resident’s home or clinical environment, as a phlebotomist, monitor tech, and nursing assistant. Students will perform nursing skills in the clinical and/or simulated laboratory settings under the supervision of a qualified registered nurse instructor.
Practical Nursing


Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.)
Patient Care Technician/Assistant Certification (CPCT/A)
Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)
Basic Life Support (BLS) & Basic First Aid

EKG Technician Certification (CET)

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)

What You’ll Learn:

Clinical training is an essential part of training. You will develop many skills involved in assisting patients with tasks such as bathing, feeding, toileting, ambulating and dressing as well as obtain knowledge in collecting blood samples, performing electrocardiograms and restorative care. You will be introduced to basic administrative skills such as scheduling and referring patients, filing, basic medical terminology, and procedures involved in operating a medical office practice. Other training includes taking vital signs and the correct methods of moving patients, along with first aid procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An additional part of preparation deals with recording and reporting. You will learn to record basic data in assessments and be trained on how to report on the treatment and condition of patients.

Program Requirements:

  • Must provide proof of Level II criminal background screening prior to enrollment
  • Must provide proof of current immunizations
  • Must provide proof of annual tuberculin skin test (PPD)
  • Must complete TABE testing before enrolling
  • Must undergo random drug testing once enrolled

Employer of Graduates

  • Health Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Laboratories
  • Home Health Care Agencies

Potential Earnings:

Graduates of this program earn an average of $10.00 to $13.00 per hour.

Program Requirements

Patient Care Technician · H170694 · 600 Hours

OCPCourse NumberCourse TitleCourse LengthSOC Code
AHSC0003Basic Healthcare Worker9031-9099
BHCP0121Nurse Aide & Orderly (Articulated)7531-1012
CHCP0332Advanced Home Health Aide5031-1011
DHCP0020Patient Care Assistant7531-9099
EHSC0016Allied Health Assistant15031-9099
FMEA0590Advanced Allied Health Assistant10031-9099
GPRN0094Patient Care Technician6029-2099

Program Costs

$1,752.00Florida Resident Tuition ($2.92 x 600 hours)
$112.50Registration Fee ($75.00 1st semester/$37.50 2nd semester)
$15.00Facility Fee
$60.00Lab Fee
$30.00Miscellaneous Fee
$50.00CPR Certification
$20.00Liability Insurance
Total Costs $2,552.09

Program Instructors

Lena Terrell, LPN
Patient Care Technician Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7636

Email: [email protected]

Occupational Advisory Committee

Cecile Baker
Jessica Duncan
St. Augustine Plantation
Wilson Enfinger
Capital Health Plan
Tia Floyd-Newman
Big Bend AHEC
Julie Jaekel
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Paula Jones
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Oretha Jones
Neighborhood Medical Center
Marc Moncrief
HomeInstead Senior Care
Gloria Neal
Digestive Disease Clinic
Audrey Noble
Daisy Perry
St. Augustine Plantation
Kira Matteson Rosen
Bonnie Strade
HomeInstead Senior Care
Thompson Brenda
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Tracy Tully
William Tully
Radiology Assoc.
Jonathan Walker
University Chiropractic Center
Gini West
Big Bend Hospice