Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician, Diploma – St. Louis College of Health Careers

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program offers a well-rounded curriculum intended to enhance a graduate’s portfolio with both general education courses and occupational courses developed to perfect patient care skills. Similar to our Associate of Applied Science program, students in this program will learn a variety of technical skills including assessing patients, developing and implementing care plans, obtaining vital signs, drawing blood (phlebotomy), taking electrocardiograms (EKGs), and supporting a team in the overall care of a patient.

Graduate Opportunities

Students who obtain their diploma from our Patient Care Technician program will be well-prepared for employment in hospitals, home health settings, assisted living facilities, long-term care centers, adult day care and rehabilitation facilities.


Upon successful completion of the Patient Care Technician courses and practicum, PCT students will be eligible to apply for approval to take the Certified Nurse Assistant examination. PCT students may also have opportunities to work towards qualifying to apply for approval to take the Phlebotomy Certification.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assitants, on the Internet at‐assistants.html

Semester 1

Course # Course Hours Credits
BI103 Human Biology Theory 60 4
BI103L Human Biology Lab 30 1
HB303 Medical Terminology 45 3
PS101 Psychology 45 3
AH100 Professional Development 45 3
MT201 Technical Math 45 3

Semester 2

Course # Course Hours Credits
PC101 PCT Fundamental Skills I Theory 60 4
PC101L PCT Fundamental Skills I Lab 60 2
PC102 PCT Fundamental Skills II Theory 45 3
PC102L PCT Fundamental Skills II Lab 60 2
PC250 Patient Care Technician Externship 60 1
PCT251 PCT Practicum 100 2

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