Program Type

Training Program

Delivery Method

On Campus

Course Length

Approximately 5 Months

What is a Patient Care Technician?

A Patient Care Technician delivers entry-level medical care and daily living support to patients across a wide array of healthcare settings. Patient Care Technicians can also go on to specialize in a number of fields and positions. They may work in home health care, multiple settings within hospitals, nursing homes, hospice agencies, physician’s offices, and community clinics.

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Program Objective

This program equips graduates to either specialize in a chosen field or make use of all learned skills in an acute care center. Students learn entry-level skills for being a nurse assistant, phlebotomy specialist, EKG monitor technician, and advanced nursing.

After successful completion of all course requirements, students are eligible to take the National Healthcare Association examination for Patient Care Technician. Careers Unlimited, LLC provides the National Health Career Association certification examinations for Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomist, and EKG Technician.

A patient care technician is a medical professional who performs basic medical tasks, assists patients with the activities of daily living, and completes other tasks related to patient support and care.

A patient care technician works under the supervision of doctors and nurses to complete basic medical tasks such as taking vital signs. At times, they may take blood or administer medication. In addition, patient care technicians often assist patients with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, or toileting.

This is a certificate program that offers classroom instruction and related clinical practice. This program offers the opportunity to master multiple skills as well as the opportunity to either specialize in a chosen field or make use of all learned skills in an acute care center. Students learn entry-level skills for being a nurse assistant, phlebotomy specialist, EKG monitor technician, and advanced nursing.

Once you complete this course, you will need to obtain the certification you desire to continue your career. At Careers Unlimited, we provide certification exams for Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomist, and EKG Technician. Once you pass one or more of these exams, you may pursue employment in your chosen field.

In order to enroll, you must Pass a criminal background check. Be at least 17 years of age. Have proof of a GED or high school diploma. Pass the Ability to Benefit Test in lieu of a high school diploma. Pass the employee misconduct registry check (EMR). Pass a drug screening.

Job Outlook

Quick Facts: Patient Care Technicians and Orderlies.

  • Summary

    The medical assistant field is set to grow 18 percent over the next 10 years, making it a rapidly expanding field with abundant job opportunities. With the possibility to move from patient care tech to other more specialized fields, and the opportunity to work in a number of healthcare settings, this role is a flexible, entry-level option for beginning a medical career.

  • Work Environment

    Patient care technicians work in many healthcare settings, including the following: Doctor's offices, hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare settings, and clinics.

  • Pay

    In 2021, the median wage for a patient care technician was the following: $37,190 per year $17.88 per hour

  • Similar Occupations

    Jobs similar to that of patient care tech include licensed nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies, occupational therapy technicians and aides, pharmacy technicians, physical therapist assistants and aides, psychiatric technicians and aides, and phlebotomists.

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Phlebotomy Tech Hybrid

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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician

A Patient Care Technician delivers entry-level medical care and daily living support to patients across a wide array of healthcare settings. Patient Care Technicians can also go on to specialize in a number of fields and positions. They may work in home health care, multiple settings within hospitals, nursing homes, hospice agencies, physician’s offices, and community clinics.

Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assistant

Nursing Assistants support licensed nursing staff by completing a wide variety of duties. These may include practicing basic nursing skills, providing personal care, hygiene, and activities of daily living (ADLs) support to patients, assisting with ambulation, administering medication, and monitoring the health status of patients under their care. These assistants may work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, transitional care centers, or assisted living facilities.

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