Patient Care Technician

Program Description

The Patient Care Technician performs an array of skills such as direct patient care, basic laboratory procedures such as Phlebotomy (blood drawing) and specimen collection, EKG and vital signs.

Graduates will be able to apply for employment as:

  • Nursing assistants
  • Home health aides
  • Phlebotomists
  • EKG technicians
  • Allied health assistants

Course Length: Approximately 7.5 months

Upon completion of the course, student will have the opportunity to test for the following licenses:

  • Nurse Aide - Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Phlebotomy (certification) - National Center for Competency Testing
  • Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG) - National Center for Competency Testing

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Why Patient Care Technician?

Patient Care Technicians work with nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide patient care in a variety of healthcare settings. 

P.C.T.'s responsibilities includes assisting patients with many tasks that they can not do for themselves while they are in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, assisted living facilities, nursing homes or long-term care facilities.


Phlebotomy is the removal of blood from the patient for the purpose of testing.

  • The equipment includes test tubes and needles
  • Patient preparation and site selection
  • Venipuncture and capillary puncture
  • Safety and infection control are key


  • Samples of body fluids are collected
  • Specimen Collection can come from urine, throat, stool, wounds, etc...)

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • EKGs measure the activity of the heart
  • Basic cardiac testing for treatment
  • ECG (12 lead) testing monitoring, troubleshooting

Infection Control

  • OSHA Safety regulations
  • Exposure Control
  • Sanitation, sterilization & disinfection
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Universal Precautions

Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is the language of healthcare setting. Healthcare physicians use medical terminology to describe body parts, diseases, procedures and equipment.

All medical professionals must have an understanding of this language in order to communicate effectively with physicians and patients and to carry out instructions correctly.

Law & Ethics in the Health Care setting

  • Legal Terms pertaining to medical care
  • Confidentiality required by law
  • Scope of Practice is the legal limits set on what you can do as a Patient Care Technician
  • Professionalism and ethics is doing the right thing at the right time

Course Outline

Course # Course Title
PCT 100-H Basic Anatomy & Physiology
PCT 101-H Medical Terminology
PCT 102-H Introduction To Long Term Care
PCT 103-H Mental Health & Social Needs
PCT 104-H Restorative Services
PCT 105-H Personal Care Skills
PCT 106-H Basic Nursing Skills
PCT 107-H Clinical Experience
PCT 108-E Structures of the Heart
PCT 109-E Electrical Activities of the Heart
PCT 110-E Equipment & Patient Preparation
PCT 111-E Lead Placement & Connecting Cables
PCT 112-E Obtaining Tracings & ECG Readings
PCT 123-E Medical Office Procedures
PCT 113-E Clinical Experience
PCT 114-P Introduction to Phlebotomy
PCT 115-P Anatomy of Vascular System
PCT 116-P Phlebotomy Ethics
PCT 117-P Lab Safety & Infections Control
PCT 118-P Phlebotomy Procedures
PCT 119-P Hematology
PCT 120-P Urine & Body Fluids
PCT 121-P Clinical Experience (P)
Total Clock Hours: 750

Program Accreditation Information

Approved by:

Approved by Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC).

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Valley Grande Institute's programs are approved by Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC); Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy License #MS1004; Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiology; Texas Board of Nursing; Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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