Train for a Career as a Patient Care Technician

Career Step’s Patient Care Technician program prepares you to assist doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with the care of sick and injured patients. As the need for medical workers continues to grow, patient care technicians are becoming even more vital to a successful medical practice. This career path offers many benefits:

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Growing demand

Employment for patient care technicians is expected to grow by 29% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average growth rate of 7% for all other jobs.

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Financial Security

Depending on where you live and where you work, patient care technicians earn anywhere from $24,000 to $34,000 annually, with a national average of $31,500.

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Helping people

You will be on the front lines of medical care, assisting patients with everything from bathing and feeding to collecting specimens and performing EKGs.

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National certification

Prepare to take one of three certification exams: Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A), Patient Care Technician (NCPCT), or AMCA’s Patient Care Technician.

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Quick completion timeline

This flexible, online program is designed for you to get in, get out, and get working in as little as 4 months.

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Clinical externship (optional)

You can gain hands-on experience in a clinical setting where you will be able to put your course learning into practice, preparing you to jump straight into the workforce.

Over 140,000 Career Step learners can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step and train to become a medical assistant in a clinical or administrative setting from the comfort of your home with our flexible program, and change the course of your life.

Patient Care Technician Job Description and Earning Potential

What will I be doing as a patient care technician?

Patient care technicians (PCT) are a vital part of today’s medical workforce. Under the supervision of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, PCTs help tend to sick and injured patients. Their primary duties include the following:

  • Basic patient care like bathing, feeding, and catheter care
  • Acquiring, distributing, and administering patient care supplies
  • Collecting laboratory specimens
  • Ensuring the cleanliness of patient rooms and conducting safety checks
  • Monitoring and recording changes in patient health and vital signs
  • Performing EKG and phlebotomy procedures
  • And more

How much can I earn as a patient care technician?

Salaries for patient care technicians vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. While certification is not mandatory to work as a patient care technician, it can replace the required experience of many jobs.

As a general rule, certified PCTs make more than their non-trained counterparts no matter where they work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the national average salary between $24,000 to $34,000 annually, with an overall average of $31,500.

Career Step’s Patient Care Technician program and externship opportunity will prepare you for national certification and a bright future in the medical field.

Patient Care Technician Training

How long will the training take?

Career Step’s Patient Care Technician program includes 130 hours of course material. Upon completion, you can also add an optional clinical externship of up to 100 hours, for a total of 230 hours. At a full-time pace, our program is designed to be completed in 4 months; however, we include 12 months of program access to ensure you can complete the training on your schedule and at your pace.

What will I be learning?

The Career Step online Patient Care Technician training program covers the following:

  • Patient rights and safety
  • Body structure and function
  • Vital signs
  • Basic emergency care
  • Care of women and children
  • Care of older adults
  • Procedure assistance
  • Specimen collection
  • Physical exam assistance
  • Pain management
  • And more

The coursework will leave you fully prepared to take one of three national certification exams: Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) from the NHA, NCPCT (Patient Care Technician), from the NCCT, or the AMCA’s Patient Care Technician certification—and you’ll even be able to purchase a voucher from Career Step to take the exam when you complete the course. Your training will be interactive, engaging, and thorough, with images, exercises, learning games, and instructional simulations to increase your understanding of key concepts and help you learn the material.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the Patient Care Technician program? Download the Program Brochure or Learning Objectives to learn more.

Patient Care Technician Course Pricing

How much does the patient care technician training cost?

Sign up for the Patient Care Technician program for one low payment of .

The fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the Patient Care Technician course. The program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, and we provide you 12 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and pace that works for you.

For an additional charge, you may select to be placed in a clinical externship, which will allow you to put your training into practice with hands-on experience in a medical office setting.

Course extensions are available once you are within 3 months of your course expiration date if you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are payment plans or financial assistance available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable career-training experience. To provide flexibility, payment options are available.

What is included with my training program?

Everything you need to succeed is available with your Career Step program:

  • Complete online access to expert-created training
  • Simulations and all course materials
  • Unlimited support by email throughout the duration of your course

Do MyCAA grants cover the Patient Care Technician program?

Yes. Military spouses can receive a MyCAA grant covering up to $4,000 in program expenses. The MyCAA program covers 100% of the cost of Career Step's approved courses, so you can get professional training with no out-of-pocket expense. If you have questions about this program, please call 855-261-7366 to speak with a dedicated military advisor and find out if you qualify today!


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