Patient Care Technician


Expanding the traditional role of a nursing assistant, Brightwood College's patient care technician program is designed to help prepare you for employment as a cross-trained nursing assistant, known as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). Courses offer a broad foundation of knowledge and skills and can provide supplemental training if you were previously, or are currently, employed in one of the following roles:

  • Health care technician
  • Patient care assistant
  • Nursing aide/orderly
  • Phlebotomist
  • Electrocardiograph aide
  • Allied health assistant

Patient Care Technician Responsibilities 

Patient care technicians can assist with the care of outpatients and inpatients who have a variety of diseases, injuries, or neurological or orthopedic problems. In addition, they may help patients walk to and from therapy with a gait belt, set up equipment for patient treatments, assist with community outings, and perform a variety of other duties.

Patient Care Technician Program Features

To help prepare you to seek entry-level employment in various patient care roles, our career-focused curriculum at Brightwood College includes coursework in these areas:

  • Patient care assisting
  • Rehabilitation concepts and functional mobility
  • Rehabilitation diagnoses and intervention
  • Mental health services

The program includes courses with hands-on training to further strengthen your knowledge and experience in this field.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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