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Patient Care Technician (PCT)

The purpose of the Patient Care Technician (PCT) training program is to prepare individuals for employment as a PCT in an hospital setting. Patient Care Technicians provide direct patient care and work alongside nursing staff, typically in a hospital setting. Students will learn how to measure and monitor vitals, draw blood, discontinue IVs, and assist patients with daily living activities. We have four pathways for students to select from. 


CNA PCT Pathways

Pathway 1: CNA Only

  • Teaches students to perform basic nursing skills in a long-term care facility under the direction of charge personnel
  • Consists of 75 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of clinicals in a long-term care setting
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, students will be prepared to test for their Certified Nursing Assistant state exam
  • Tuition - Financial assistance available for those that qualify

Pathway 2: Patient Care Technician (PCT) Only

  • Meets 4 days a week
  • Includes 9 weeks of and consists of 100 hours of clinicals split between long-term care and hospital settings.
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, laboratory work, and clinical externship, students can sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam
  • Tuition - Financial assistance available for those that qualify

Pathway 3: PCT/CNA Dual Credential Option

  • Meets 4 days a week
  • Consists of over 110 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of clinicals split between long-term care and hospital settings
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, laboratory work, and clinical externship, students can sit for Certified Nursing Assistant state exam and the Certified Patient Care Technician NHA certification
  • Tuition - Financial assistance available for those that qualify

Pathway 4: PCT Bridge

  • Appropriate for individuals who already hold a CNA or PCA credential
  • Meets 4 days a week for three weeks and requires 36 hours of clinicals 
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, laboratory work, and clinical externship, students can sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam
  • Tuition - Financial assistance available for those that qualify

PCT Application:

If you have any questions, please contact workforce@jeffco.edu or (636) 481-3268.

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