Patient Care Technician

About This Program

Program Summary

The Patient Care Technician Program consists of 160 hours of lecture and lab classes. This diploma-based program meets for four-hour sessions over a 18-week period. The program schedule is listed below. The Patient Care Technician program provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as patient care technicians in a large variety of facilities such as hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, outpatient care centers and Physicians’ offices. Patient care technicians work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. As vital members of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care and comfort measures, take patients’ vital signs, collect specimens, and much more.

The Patient Care Technician Program includes Four courses;

  • The Patient Care Technician Program includes four courses;
  • PCT 101: Fundamentals of Patient Care
  • PHE 102: Accelerated Phlebotomy
  • EKG 101: Electrocardiography
  • LPD 101: Leadership and Professional Development

Students are also provided with an NHA certification exam to become certified and recognized as a Certified Patient Care Technician, an EKG Technician, and a Phlebotomy Technician with the American Education Certification Association (AECA).

This program is designed and structured by extensive research and job task analysis of Patient Care Technicians working in a wide variety of healthcare sectors.

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Work under a direct supervision of a nurse performing clinical skills
  • Measure height and weight
  • Prepare the examination room to be ready for the physician to examine the patient
  • Oral swab or nasopharyngeal swab
  • Equipment sterilization and disinfection
  • Patient range of motion exercises
  • Patient transfer skills
  • Gait techniques
  • Patient protection and hygiene
  • Patient positioning
  • Use of assistive devices for patients
  • Feeding and bathing patient
  • Dressing and grooming patient
  • Wound care
  • Patient communication for patient interview or patient education
  • Handling of medical records
  • Patient communication
  • Maintaining and updating patient records if required
  • Ordering supplies and keeping a track of the medical equipment and supplies
  • Cleaning biohazardous spills
  • Disposing of biohazard waste
  • Maintaining a log of biohazard waste
  • Updating equipment maintenance log sheet if required
  • Make an occupied bed
  • Assist with range of motion exercises
  • Take/Record height and weight
  • Applying an ace bandage
  • Applying elastic stockings
  • Chemical urinalysis
  • Gait belt and transfer belt use
  • Changing a non-sterile dressing
  • Collecting, transporting, handling and processing blood specimens for analysis
  • Recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system
  • Utilize a working knowledge of the circulatory system
  • Identifying and selecting equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection
  • Recognizing factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits, when applicable
  • Recognizing and adhering to infection control and safety policies and procedures
  • Monitoring quality control within predetermined limits
  • Recognizing the various components of the healthcare delivery system
  • Recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect to their jobs and patient care
  • Demonstrating professional conduct, stress management, interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers, and other healthcare personnel
  • Apply basic principles to learn new techniques and procedures
  • Utilize a working knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate proficiency in EKG techniques, including Holter and Telemetry monitoring
  • Demonstrate knowledge of equipment used in Cardiology and its proper uses
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance and result in analysis in EKG collection to identify and resolve artifacts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic lead strip interpretation
  • Respond to signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise
  • Measure and monitor patient vital signs
  • Basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and certification
  • Have an opportunity to gain a national certification as a Patient Care Technician (CPT), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), and Certified Electrocardiogram Technician (CET) with the American Education Certification Association (AECA)

General Admissions Requirements


All applicants must submit their:

·       High School Diploma, Transcripts, (from an accredited high school), high school equivalency, or a letter from their High School Administrator that they are in good academic and attendance standing.

·       Be 17 years of age or older, and

·       Submit a copy of their government-issued photo identification.

Tue/Thu Evening Patient Care Technician Program 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM 18 weeks

Class Start Date
July 7, 2020
August 18, 2020
September 29, 2020
November 10, 2020
January 5, 2021
February 16, 2021

Transfer Credits from Outside Institutions

Bell-Brown Medical Institute will approve transfer contact hours from institutions that are officially approved to operate by their respective state’s department of higher education or official alternative jurisdiction. The following courses may be challenged or transferred from outside institutions to the Patient Care Technician Program pending approval from the Academic Dean.

PCT 101 Fundamentals of Patient Care Contact Hour Transfer Requirements:

Bell-Brown Medical Institute will accept outside contact hours from other institutions for the Patient Care Technician program. Students may provide a copy of their current Certified Nursing Assistant license to be qualified to challenge the Fundamentals of Patient Care course. Experience as a CNA is not necessary to challenge the course. The Fundamentals of Patient Care course consists of 48 contact hours. Upon approval, a maximum of 48 contact hours will be awarded for this course.

PHE 102 Accelerated Phlebotomy: Theory and Clinical Approach:

Students that have successfully completed a phlebotomy program from another institution within the last 5 years may provide an official transcript or certificate of completion from a state-approved institution.  Upon approval, 48 contact hours will be awarded to the student.

EKG 101 Applied Electrocardiography Theory and Practical Approach:

Students that have successfully completed an electrocardiogram program from another institution within the last 5 years may provide an official transcript or certificate of completion from a state-approved institution. Upon approval, 48 contact hours will be awarded to the student.

Transfer Credits from Within Bell-Brown Medical Institute


LPD 101: Leadership and Professional Development (formally known as Capstone I and II)

Students that have completed LPD 101 (or CAP 101 and 102) within the past 2 years will be awarded 16 contact hours to transfer into the Comprehensive Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Phlebotomy programs.


A maximum of 112 contact hours may be awarded to students who meet the above requirements

Graduation Requirements

Student’s are required to complete the following courses with 70% or higher and pass all clinical competencies on a pass/fail system. The following courses are required to successfully complete the program:

PCT 101: Fundamentals of Patient Care: 26  Instructional, 22 Lab = 48 Total

EKG 101: Applied Electrocardiography: 31 Instructional, 17 Lab = 48 Total

PHE 102: Accelerated Phlebotomy: 26 Instructional, 22 Lab = 48 Total

LPD 101 Leadership and Professional Development : = 6 Instructional, 10 Lab: 16 Total

Total Program Contact Hours: 160 Contact Hours

Performance Requirements

All performance requirements are evaluated on a pass/fail system. Students must pass with 100% accuracy in order to satisfy the requirement. Students who fail any of their performance requirements will have an opportunity to be remediated and re-evaluated to demonstrate proficient skills with a maximum of three separate attempts.

  • Indirect Care
  • Handwashing
  • Donning PPE
  • Removing PPE
  • Bed Baths & Back Rubs
  • Make an Occupied Bed
  • Dressing and Undressing a Patient
  • Urine output measurement
  • Collect and test a urine specimen
  • Collecting a stool specimen
  • Take/record height
  • Take/record weight
  • Assess a Patient’s Radial Pulse and Respiratory Rate
  • Determine a Patient’s Blood Pressure
  • Fowler’s and Semi Fowler’s Position
  • Recumbent
  • Lithotomy Position
  • Horizontal and Doral Recumbent
  • Sim’s Position
  • Prone Position
  • Knee-Chest Position
  • Assist Provider with Patient Exam
  • Draping Techniques
  • Assist with range of motion exercises
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Assisting with applying ace bandages
  • Gait belt and transfer belt use
  • Perineal care (female)
  • Perineal care (male)
  • Catheter care
  • Lifting a patient using a mechanical lift (Hoyers)
  • Transfer Techniques
  • Assisting a patient with using a bed pan
  • Measuring a patient for a custom wheelchair
  • Taking a 12-lead electrocardiogram
  • Capillary Blood Collection
  • Venipuncture – Evacuated Tube Method
  • Venipuncture – Syringe Method
  • Venipuncture – Winged Infusion Method


National Certifications

Students that successfully complete the Patient Care Technician program will have the opportunity to take certification examinations with the American Education Certification Association (AECA) and the American Red Cross. The first attempt at these exams is at no cost to the graduate. Additional attempts will be at the student’s expense.

Students that complete PHE 102 and EKG 101 courses successfully will receive their certifications with the American Red Cross in:

  • Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training Certification


The AECA certifications exams that graduates are eligible to take for the Patient Care Technician program is the:

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Electrocardiography Technician (CET)
  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPT)

Payment Plan Information

The remaining balance of tuition after the registration fee can be divided into weekly or bi-weekly payments and will be paid throughout the duration of the program. The student must pay off their tuition payment prior to graduation. A late fee of $25 is applied to past due accounts. For more information on payment plans, contact the Registrar at 877-219-5420.

Refund Policy
Students who cancel within 3 business days of enrollment will get a full refund of all monies paid, including registration fees.

When a student withdraws from the school after their scheduled program has begun, he/she should complete and submit a student withdraw from the Chief Academic Officer.


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