The Online Patient Care Technician Program

Provide general care and comfort for patients in one of the fastest-growing roles in healthcare.

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A Tiny Investment for Infinite Success

You’re busy. You’ve got bills to pay. And you need stability. With one small investment in our Patient Care Technician program, you could find the peace of mind, salary, and job satisfaction you’ve been looking for. And guess what? You could have it all in just a few short months.

  • 130 Hours of Study

  • 3-Month Completion Time (Full-Time Study)

  • $31,400 Average Annual Salary*

  • 28% Predicted Job Growth Through 2026*

This Could Be the Perfect Job for You

What does a patient care technician do? They provide basic care to people needing daily assistance. This includes bathing, feeding, and catheter care; managing supplies; and performing EKG and phlebotomy procedures.

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4 Reasons to Complete Your Patient Care Technician Training With CareerStep

Earn certification in three months.

This 130-hour training program includes 18 course modules, preparation for your choice of national certification exam, and an optional externship. With full-time study, you’ll finish your training in three months.

Get hired soon.

Thanks to its thorough, expert-created content, CareerStep training sets you up for workplace success. Factor in the awesome job prospects for this role and this program’s a no-brainer.

Positively impact patients’ lives.

Patient care technicians help patients with things most of us take for granted, including basic hygiene. This support makes a big difference in these patients’ lives.

Stay creditworthy.

Our patient care technician training program is highly affordable, because minimizing debt is a big part of living your best life.


1. Start today.

Begin your training (and transformation) right now.


2. Finish fast.

Complete your training in record-time.


3. Get hired.

With community support and interview training.

Ready to Dive In?

Register online now to enroll in the Patient Care Technician program.

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Program Overview

Get trained and certified on a timeline that works for you, and quickly get started providing oral care and crucial office support in your shiny new career.

  • 3-Month Completion (Full-Time Study)
  • Self-Paced Study
  • Anywhere, Anytime Learning
  • 1:1 (Human) Support
  • 1 Free Certification Exam Voucher
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What You'll Learn

While studying patient care technician duties, you’ll complete patient care technician requirements with the knowledge needed to provide basic care and personal assistance to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice environments.

Anatomy & Physiology Basics

Get an overview of basic bodily structures, functions, and developments.

Patient Care Fundamentals

Learn how to provide proper care and oversight with regards to nutrition, sleep, wounds, vitals, and more.

Navigating the Workplace

Understand patients’ rights, patient care ethics, professionalism and communication, and workplace safety.

Exam Prep

Prepare for the final course exam, which positions you to pass the NHA’s Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A), the AMCA’s Patient Care Technician Certification, and the NCCT’s Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) exams.

Your Questions—Answered

This course is designed to take 130 hours, which you can complete in three months, but you have 12 months of program access. You can also choose to add a 100-hour externship—just ask, and we'll help you with that.

Yes. Financially speaking, it’s smartest to pay up front if you can, but CareerStep does offer payment plans and financial assistance for this program. Learn more on the course description page.

A patient care technician’s salary varies based on location and experience, but the average patient care technician makes between $24,000 and $32,000 a year.*

It’s very promising. With a growing elderly population, patient care techs are in high demand. In 2016, patient care technician jobs were expected to increase 26% by 2026, and that rate still stands.*

Training People Trust

Get Trained. Get Hired.

This program includes unparalleled training, career support, coaching, and 1 voucher for your choice of 3 certification exams (CPCT/A, PCTC, or NCPTC). It’s a faster, cheaper alternative to traditional schooling.

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Payment Plans

Paying up front is the saving-est move, but sometimes you need some wiggle room. We offer a payment plan for those who do.

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MyCAA Grants

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program offers funding for this program for eligible military spouses. You could become a certified patient care tech without spending a penny out of pocket.

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