Patient Care Technician


Patient Care Technicians gain entry-level knowledge and clinical skills needed to work in a variety of employment settings like hospitals, surgical centers, and rehabilitation facilities. Employment for Patient Care Technicians is expected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the national average for all occupations. Upon successful program completion, students will be eligible for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification in Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A).

Course Content

(200 hours)

  • 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
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional supports to patients and families, particularly those coping with grief and death


  • $1799

Program Start Dates

  • January 23, 2024 (HS Students Only)

Certifications Included

  • Basic Life Support (CPR)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Admission Requirements

Criminal backgrounds may prevent individuals from obtaining certification and clinical placement.

  • Criminal background checks are required (additional fee to student)
  • Uniform and medical exams are not included
  • Dates and times subject to change
  • Students must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Medical Clearance, PPD ’s, and Urine Drug Screen are required
  • Students must attend the Introduction to Health Career Pathway Seminar prior to registration.

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Program Location

Salem Community College Campus

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Nicole Wilson from Inspira Health and Theresa Covello from Salem Community College provides insight into jobs and careers in the medical field.