Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Program ID
Flexible Start Dates
600 Clock Hours
Face to Face

If you’re already a Certified Nursing Assistant, this is the best program for you to move up in the Health Care Industry. A Patient Care Technician must become a CNA to practice as a PCT.

The program is designed to prepare students to become a Patient Care Technician (PCT) in the state of Florida. Upon completion of the nursing assistant program, students are eligible to make application to the Florida State Board of Nursing to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination. A Patient Care Technician must become a CNA to practice as a PCT.

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Patient Care Technician exam through NCCT (not a state requirement).

  • Students must provide proof of current CPR certification for healthcare providers or register for a regularly scheduled CPR class and pay the applicable fee.
  • Students are required to present a negative TB report from a doctor prior to attending clinical externship.

The Patient Care Technician program at the College was designed to satisfy the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Patient Care Technicians as of July, 2009.

Program Description

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program prepares graduates to care for clients across the lifespan in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The student will develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant to providing care in specialized settings, phlebotomy, electrocardiography (EKG), and basic lab assistant functions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

Graduation Requirements

A diploma will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies graduation requirements:

  • Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
  • Student Is current with financial obligations to the College
  • Student has met with the Career Services department for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
  • Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Bursar
  • Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class

Admissions Requirement

In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the Patient Care Technician program must:

  • Demonstrate that they are physically able to execute assigned duties.

Program Progression

Course # Course Title Clock Hours
HCC 101 Health Care Core 90 hrs
PCT 102 Articulated Nursing Assistant 75 hrs
PCT 103 Advanced Home Health Aide 50 hrs
PCT 104 Patient Care Assistant (Clinical/Externship) 75 hrs
PCT 105 Allied Health Assistant 150 hrs
PCT 106 Advanced Allied Health Assistant (Clinical/Externship) 100 hrs
PCT 107 Patient Care Technician (Clinical/Externship) 60 hrs
 Total Hours 600 hrs

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