Patient Care Technician Program

Nurse adjusting endotracheal tube in patient's mouth at hospital


Patient Care Technician Program
Gail Swiderski, RN, Instructor
Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing,

Northern Essex Community College
Building E, Room 04-008

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced cross-trained nursing assistants (patient care technicians), expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant. The PCT program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge. Graduates attain the skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.


Program Admission Requirements:
 18 years old
 Basic Skills Exit Requirements: TABE Math
Level 10, Language Level 10, and Reading
Level 10, as established by the Florida
Department of Education unless otherwise
 High School Diploma or GED
 Basic physical exam including negative TB
skin test or negative chest x-ray to start class
 Complete PCS fingerprinting


Certifications Available
Florida CNA License
Medical Administrative Assistant
ECG Aide/Monitor Tech

Phlebotomy Tech National Certified
Patient Care Technician


Career Information
Possible direct entry positions after successful completion include CNA in acute and long-term care facilities, advanced home health aide in the home care industry, patient care assistant in the hospital setting, allied and advanced allied health assistant in labs, hospitals, physician offices, walk-in and urgent care facilities, and patient care technician in any of the above settings.


Student is responsible to purchase any personal medical instruments (i.e., stethoscope, etc.) that are necessary for this program. Attire that is typical of this trade will be required. Clothing will be in compliance with the Pasco County Schools dress code and will be strictly enforced. Additional scrubs can be purchased through the program.

Additional Information
Students who currently hold a CNA license from the Florida Board of Nursing may be issued credit for prior successful completion of coursework as evaluated by the Patient Care Technician instructor. Please contact the Office for Administration for additional information regarding enrollment requirements and application process.


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