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Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Program Description:

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level advanced cross-trained Patient Care Technicians. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for acute and long term care settings. The program is comprised of a sequence of instruction that includes a health science core and six occupational completion points. A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or exit as an occupational completer.

The entire Patient Care Technician Program (PCT) program is:

  • 150 clock hours of coursework including laboratory and clinical experience.
  • 4 months of Day classes (16 weeks).
  • 8 months of Evening classes (32 weeks).
  • The Health Science Core is required for all health programs and options. The six occupational completion points are:
    • Nursing Assistant.
    • Home Health Aide.
    • Patient Care Assistant.
    • Allied Health Assistant.
    • Advanced Allied Health Assistant.
    • and Patient Care Technician.
  • Students are required to present a negative TB report from a doctor prior to attending clinical externship.
  • 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 for Healthcare Providers or register for a regularly scheduled CPR class and pay the applicable fee.

Curriculum Development

The Patient Care Technician program at the Institute was designed to satisfy the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Patient Care Technicians as of July, 2009. The 600 hour program address the Intended Outcomes (01-36) of the Curriculum Framework cited above. Faculty members continuously review and update the curriculum to satisfy both the stated Framework requirements, as well as student needs.

­*Books and materials are included in the cost of tuition. Students must purchase their uniforms individually.

Patient Care Technician (PCT)