Patient Care Technician Program

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

Northern Essex Community College
Building 5, Room 05-001

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, 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 exempt.
  • 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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