Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Health Training Center Patient Care Technician

Program Overview

This is a career advancement program for a licensed CNA, HHA or EMT. Completion of this Certificate opens opportunities for superior employment. Our program consists of cross-training students in Phlebotomy and EKG techniques. The greatest number of job openings for Patient Care Technicians are in elder-care nursing facilities, general medical and surgical hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and some larger private doctors’ offices. This program consists of three required classes. Upon successful completion of the academic classes, students will be provided a 120 hour Phlebotomy externship. Graduates of this program may become Clinical Medical Assistants by completing one additional class and the MA externship.

If you are not licensed as a CNA, HHA or EMT, this program is available for you as a Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician.


PCT’s play a vital role in many healthcare environments, including various positions in hospitals performing EKGs, basic medical, lab and exam procedures, drawing blood, and providing basic patient care.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or GED completion and CNA, HHA or EMT license/certificate.

National Certification

Upon successful course completion, students will be eligible to take the National Certification exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician and Certified EKG Technician through the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians and/or the National Center for Competency Testing. In addition, students will be eligible to take the National Certification exam to become a Certified Patient Care Technician through the National Center for Competency Testing. We proctor the exams several times a year at our classroom locations.

Tuition Cost

We pride ourselves on being one of the most affordable healthcare education providers in the state. Currently, the program costs only $4,688 (price includes tuition, fees, and books).

BLS Classification

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for the Patient Care Technician Certificate program is 51.0899.


All classes are offered Morning and Evening in most campuses. Classes begin every four weeks. Schedules are subject to change. Schedule a Virtual Tour to learn more about class schedules!