Patient Care Technician Certificate
- Non-credit Fast Track program
- Full program offered at LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball
- Partial program offered at LSC-CyFair
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.
Health Occupations Registration Checklist
Health Occupations Programs have a registration checklist to help students with the program registration process.
Please contact Erica Jordan at Erica.L.Jordan@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2883 for more information.
|NURAC 2100105||Nurse Aide, Certified||64|
|NURAC 2106003||Nurse Aide, Certified (Clinical)||44|
|PLABC 2109100||Phlebotomy, Clinical||12|
|NURAC 2109102||Health Occupations Professionalism in the Workplace||24|
|HITTC 2100500||Medical Terminology||32|
|NURXC 7800121||Nurse Aide State Exam Facilitator||8|
|Patient Care Technician Certificate Total||312|
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
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."
Program Cost: $2,654
CNA Insurance Fee: $17
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.
Registration for CE classes is on an on-going, rolling basis. Use the online class search tool for the most up to date course listings and class starting dates.
Lone Star College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees.