Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced cross trained nursing assistants, patient care technicians, health technologists and technicians, health care technicians, patient care assistants, nursing aides and orderlies, home health aides, or allied health assistants.

Program Overview

The Patient Care Technician program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills needed to pursue entry-level employment in the health care industry as Patient Care Technicians. The Patient Care Technician works alongside other healthcare professionals to provide hands-on assistance to meet a patient’s basic needs. In addition to basic patient care skills, the PCT curriculum includes medical and surgical asepsis, basic anatomy and physiology, cardiac monitoring, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, clerical skills related to patient care and professional and interpersonal concepts. The program consists of classroom/lab instruction as well as supervised/preceptor clinical activities. Career-driven students may utilize their PCT training, skills and knowledge as a stepping stone to careers in nursing or other healthcare fields. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.

*Daytime program requires full-time enrollment.


Practical Nursing

Employment Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing home facilities
  • Blood banks
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Dialysis facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Other healthcare related environments

What You'll Learn

  • The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the elements of the health care industry. This program will prepare the student to function in a long term care facility, resident’s home or clinical environment, as a phlebotomist, monitor tech, and nursing assistant. Students will perform nursing skills in the clinical and/or simulated laboratory settings under the supervision of a qualified registered nurse instructor.
Practical Nursing


Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.)
Patient Care Technician/Assistant Certification (CPCT/A)
Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)
Basic Life Support (BLS) & Basic First Aid
EKG Technician Certification (CET)
Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)

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During these times, guidance and regulations around mandatory COVID-19 vaccines continue to change. As a clinical requirement, some of our contracted healthcare facilities may be authorized under law to require specific vaccinations.  Lively Technical College is committed to closely monitoring the situation in order to communicate changes and requirements to students in a timely manner. However, by applying for a health education program that has clinicals as a requirement for completion of the program, students must acknowledge that they may be required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine at any point in the program  to be in compliance with the clinical site requirements. Students must acknowledge that failure to be in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine may result in withdrawal from the program.

Program Requirements

Patient Care Technician · H170694 · 600 Hours

OCP Course Number Course Title Course Length SOC Code
A HSC0003 Basic Healthcare Worker 90 31-9099
B HCP0121 Nurse Aide & Orderly (Articulated) 75 31-1012
C HCP0332 Advanced Home Health Aide 50 31-1011
D HCP0020 Patient Care Assistant 75 31-9099
E HSC0016 Allied Health Assistant 150 31-9099
F MEA0590 Advanced Allied Health Assistant 100 31-9099
G PRN0094 Patient Care Technician 60 29-2099

Program Costs

$1,752.00 Florida Resident Tuition ($2.92 x 600 hours)
$60.00 Bookstore
$45.00 Registration Fee
$50.00 Facility Fee
$80.00 Lab Fee
$5.00 TMH ID Badge
$20.00 Liability Insurance
$38.24 Drug Screening
Total Costs $2,050.24

Employers of Graduates

Program Instructors

Lena Terrell, LPN
Patient Care Technician Instructor

Phone: 850-487-7636

Email: terrelll1@leonschools.net

Occupational Advisory Committee

Jadah Habet
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Dixie May, RN
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Von Knight, RN, BSN, MHA, CCM
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Shaila Chinnery, RN
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Tyisha Floyd, RN
Southern Medical Group
Charletha Bundage, RN
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare