Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician
Credential Clock Hours Credit Hours Length
Diploma 480 36 6 Months

Program Description:

The Patient Care Technician Program is designed to help the students develop the necessary theoretical and clinical skills such as: patient care, phlebotomy, communication and clerical skills, electrocardiography and CPR, anatomy and physiology and medical terminology, and physical and occupational therapy skills to enable them to work in different settings such as: hospitals, clinics, urgent care facilities, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers.

Program Objectives:

The purpose of this program is to cross train students to prepare them for employment in both acute and long term care facilities. Upon successful completion of this program and the passing of the Florida state examination, if it is required, students will be qualified to work as home health aide, nursing assistant, patient care technician, EKG aide, and phlebotomist.

Admission Procedures and Requirements for Patient Care Technician

To be admitted in the Patient Care Technician Program, prospective students need to have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent. If they do not meet the aforementioned criteria, they will be administered the TABE test to assess their math, language and reading skills level. Applicants have to score a minimum of 10 for the math, language and reading sections of the TABE test in order to be admitted in the Patient Care Technician program. On the other hand, prospective students who earned, at least, a 75 hour Home Health Aide certificate and, at least, a 120 hour Nursing Assistant certificate from an accredited or licensed institution by the Commission for Independent Education are qualified for advanced standing where they can receive credit for HSC 0003 – Basic Health Care Worker, HCP 0121 – Nurse Aide and Orderly, and HCP 0332 – Advanced Home Health Aide. Therefore, they will only complete the MEA 05443- EKG Aide, MEA 0521 – Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Basic Laboratory Procedures, and PRN 0094- Patient Care Technician Externship to satisfy the requirements of the Patient Care Technician program.


  • Applicants with documented disability issues will be exempt from satisfying the minimum basic skills level requirement.
  • All applicants who are under the age of 18 shall have parental consent (signature) to apply in any of our programs.

Progress Requirements for Graduation

Students are required to earn at least a C for every attempted course to pass them. In addition, they have to maintain an average cumulative GPA of at least C throughout their course of study to successfully complete their program.

Job Outlook for Patient Care Technicians who are Certified Phlebotomists

Quick Facts: Phlebotomists
2012 Median Pay $29,730 per year
$14.29 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 101,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 27% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 27,100

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program