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Patient Care Technician Certificate

Our program focuses on preparing graduates to work in homes, hospitals, general surgery units and nursing homes. Training generally includes lab work, lectures and clinical rotations, as well as studies in pre and postoperative care, anatomy, nutrition and physiology. Graduates are supervised by a registered nurse or other medical professional, but usually provide direct care to patients.

To see more information on this be sure to visit our Patient Care Technician Page as well as our Nursing Professions Page


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  This guide serves to assist Patient Care Technician students in the process of successfully completing their program.

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Patient Care Technician

What do Patient Care Technicians Do?

A patient care technician is a health care professional who supports nurses, doctors and other medical staff in caring for patients during hospital stays or other visits. Patient care technicians observe, catalog and communicate needs and concerns to medical staff while reporting any changes in status to the patient’s care team. These professionals are responsible for making patients feel comfortable and cared for, which often requires them to provide emotional support and guidance to patients during their hospital stay or clinic visit. Some additional responsibilities of a patient care technician may include:

  • Providing basic patient care including bathing and feeding
  • Conducting regular patient rounds and meeting with the patient’s family members when necessary
  • Monitoring patients’ food and liquid intake, making note of any irregularities
  • Obtaining specimens, conducting tests and recording results
  • Checking blood pressure, heart rate and pulse on a routine basis
  • Escorting patients to X-rays and other diagnostic imaging procedures

Learn About Being a Patient Care Technician. (n.d.). Retrieved July 29, 2020, from

The Difference between Patient Care Technicians and CNA's

CNAs provide basic care to patients, including taking vital signs, feeding and bathing. In addition, CNAs often work with medical technology, such as billing software, health information software and medical record charting software. In some states or hospitals, CNAs will administer medication to patients depending on the CNA's training and the state's requirements.

PCTs perform the same tasks as CNAs, but they're also trained to perform additional medical jobs, such as ECG and EKG readings and drawing blood.

Skyler, H. (2018, June 29). What Is the Difference Between a Patient Care Technician and a CNA? Retrieved July 29, 2020, from