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Patient Care Technician

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Program Description

This course series prepares students to take the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician.  Patient Care Technicians (PCT) perform delegated nursing functions that require a higher level of technical ability and skill, including: venipuncture, specimen collection, IV therapy, basic EKG, and advanced CNAs skills.  PCTs can work in a hospital setting or urgent care facility.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician.

Certifying Organization:

National Healthcareer Association


Exam Cost: $149

Career Opportunities:

Most hospitals in the metropolitan areas of Maryland and Washington D.C. hire nurse support techs/patient care technicians.

Program Length

Cohort Timeframe






Class Timeframe



Cohort Length



January to April









4 months



April to August









4 months



November to March









4 months



Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; and CNA/GNA in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing; computer literate; and Internet access. Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing.  Cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.  Clinical is necessary to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification examination.  Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the course.  Students must consent to having blood drawn by their classmates during training.


Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator prior to the start of the Patient Care Technician Theory and Skills class:

  • Proof of current Maryland CNA or GNA certification
  • Negative PPD (within 12 months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
  • Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
  • Tetanus shot (within 10 years)
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Current flu vaccine

Application Process

Provisional Entry: Prospective students must provide verification of CNA/GNA with the Maryland Board of Nursing and participate in an orientation session.

Program Course Sequence

1. Patient Care Technician Theory and Skills: AHL 936

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Lippincott’s Advanced Skills for Nursing Assistant: A humanistic approach to caregiving; published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; ISBN 160547620X;
    • Workbook for Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; ISBN 13:978-0781797924; $78.00

2. Patient Care Technician Clinical: AHL 937

  • Textbook/Materials: None

3. PCT Exam Review: AHL 940

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $2050 (Tuition-$650/Fees-$1400)
  • Textbook/Materials: $78

Other Expenses:

Students are responsible for the cost of screenings, medical testing, scrubs and miscellaneous supplies.

Program Contact Information

Program Support:

Nancy Laubach



Essex, HTEC 001


Aimee King, RN                



Essex, HTEC 013

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Vocational Scholarship
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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