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Lone Star College Patient Care Technician, also known as a PCT, Level 3, is a nationally recognized certification for Certified Nurse Aides with Phlebotomy and EKG training. The healthcare career ladder is typically structured so that there is a salary increase for each skill added to the basic Certified Nurse Aide training.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians/Assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients. More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock. Patients’ needs vary making it vital that the Patient Care Technician/Assistant must have a diverse range of knowledge and skills to provide patient basic care.

The routine tasks of a PCT include: responding to patient calls and requests for assistance, bathing, dressing, assisting with personal hygiene, serving meals,feeding of patient if necessary and monitoring/recording vital signs. PCTs are required to observe, record, and report the following: temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rates, a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional condition.

The PCT must perform Electrocardiograms (EKGs), collect blood samples (Phlebotomy) and other clinical duties. Additional responsibilities may include changing dressings and wound care and patients’ transfer. The PCT continues to serve the as an intricate part of the health care team, assisting doctors and nurses during examinations and treatments.

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Please contact Erica Jordan at Erica.L.Jordan@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2883 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
NURAC 2100105 Nurse Aide, Certified 64
NURAC 2106003 Nurse Aide, Certified (Clinical) 44
NURXC 7800121 Nurse Aide State Exam Facilitator 8
PLABC 2102301 Phlebotomy 96
PLABC 2109100 Phlebotomy, Clinical 12
NURAC 2109102 Health Occupations Professionalism in the Workplace 24
ECRDC 2101101 Electrocardiography 32
HITTC 2100500 Medical Terminology 32
Patient Care Technician Certificate Total 312

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Career Options

Median Wage: $22,9801

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)2
  • Patient Care Assistant2
  • Patient Care Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $2,658

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.