Patient Care Technician Program Description

Train to provide quality care and comfort to people in need.

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Craving a career that has a direct, positive impact on peoples’ lives? This patient care technician program was designed to help you become a certified patient care tech so you can provide basic care to folks who need it. You’ll learn to bathe, feed, manage supplies, collect lab specimens, and take the vital signs of sick and injured patients.

Program Timeline

With full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just three months. But in case you need a less-intense timeline, we give you six months to finish this course.

Just 3 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are made to accommodate crazy schedules. This fully online patient care technician program lets you train whenever and wherever works best for you—at home, at lunch, at midnight, you name it. Study at your own pace, and hit us up anytime you need help.

Learn from home (or anywhere)

Study online (anytime)


We’re always here to help you meet your training and career goals. Our learner and technical support teams are ready to provide advice and answer questions—just give us a ring or drop us a line.

One-on-one support

Phone, live chat, and email

Patient Care Technician Program Modules

Our 130-hour curriculum is divided into 18 modules, which cover everything from written and verbal communication skills to electrocardiogram operation.

Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology (6 Hours)

  • Develop an understanding of the main body systems.
  • Identify and summarize relevant medical terminology.

Healthcare and the Role of the Patient Care Technician (6 Hours)

  • Recognize and understand the basic structure of healthcare.
  • Learn about the role of the patient care technician.

Professionalism, Work Ethic, and Communicating With the Healthcare Team (7 Hours)

  • Understand the importance of written and verbal communication within a healthcare team.
  • Identify the law and ethics for the medical office.
  • Learn about patient reception and telephone techniques.

Body Structure, Function/Growth, and Development (4 Hours)

  • Develop a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology.
  • Learn about the pathophysiology and disease processes of the body systems.

Understanding the Patient; Patient Psychology; and Patient Rights, Ethics, and Laws (6 Hours)

  • Understand patient psychology and how to effectively interact with patients.
  • Describe patient rights, ethics, and laws.

Assisting With the Physical Examination (4 Hours)

  • Learn the steps and procedures necessary to assist with physical examinations.
  • Describe ear and eye diseases and how to effectively perform ear and eye examinations.

Measuring and Recording Vital Signs (7 Hours)

  • Explain how to measure and record patient vital signs.

Assisting With Admission and Discharge, Pain Management, Comfort, Rest, and Sleep (5 Hours)

  • Explore the techniques used to aid patients with pain management, comfort, rest, and sleep.

Assisting With Grooming, Hygiene, Nutrition, Fluids, and Bed Making (7 Hours)

  • Outline the steps to assist patients with proper nutrition, fluid intake, hygiene, and grooming.

Assisting With Urinary Elimination, Bowel Elimination, and Oxygen Needs (9 Hours)

  • Understand how to assist patients with urinary and bowel elimination using the proper techniques and cleaning methods.
  • Identify the proper procedures to assist patients with oxygen needs.

Basic Emergency, Wound, Rehabilitative, Restorative, and Pressure Ulcer Care (18 Hours)

  • Identify emergency procedures and first aid.
  • Describe how to prepare and care for surgical patients.

Obtaining and Monitoring an Electrocardiogram (9 Hours)

  • Understand how to prepare and maintain an EKG machine and perform proper lead placement.
  • Understand how to monitor and read EKGs.

Workplace Safety, Body and Positioning Mechanics, and Fall Prevention (7 Hours)

  • Explore and understand patient safety and body mechanics when positioning, moving, and assisting patients.

Asepsis and Infection Control (5 Hours)

  • Learn medical asepsis and the OSHA standards, and understand the importance of sterilization and disinfection.

Blood Collecting and Processing (11 Hours)

  • Identify the proper procedures and techniques for obtaining capillary punctures, venipunctures, and blood samples.

Specimen Collecting and Testing (7 Hours)

  • Understand specimen collection, transportation, and handling.

Patient Care for Women, Children, and Those With Special Needs (7 Hours)

  • Learn about patient care for women, children, and those with special needs.

Care for Patients With Chronic Conditions and End-of-Life Care (5 Hours)

  • Explore and learn about caring for patients with chronic conditions and patients receiving end-of-life care.

Final Exam (4 Hours)

Patient Care Technician Certifications

Complete the patient care training program and pass the final practice exam, and you’ll be more than ready to ace your choice of three industry-recognized certification exams:

Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A - NHA)

Patient Care Technician Certification (AMCA)

Patient Care Technician (NCPCT - NCCT)