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Patient Care Technician Certificate

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Lone Star College Patient Care Technician 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.

Patient Car Technicians, also referred to as patient care assistants or patient care associates, are responsible for providing basic medical care to patients in a health care environment. Patient care assistants perform a number of tasks, such as taking vital signs, assisting with daily living activities, observing patients and charting changes in their health or behavior, escorting patients and obtaining lab specimens.

Typical duties of a hospital patient care aide include taking hospital patients’ temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration; assisting patients with basic tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and eating; preparing and administering some medications; collecting specimens for lab tests; monitoring patients; and recording treatment. PCTs may work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or other health care settings.

Our program focuses on preparing graduates to work in homes, hospitals, general surgery units and nursing homes. Training generally includes lab work, lectures and clinical rotations, as well as studies in pre and postoperative care, anatomy, nutrition and physiology. Graduates are supervised by a registered nurse or other medical professional, but usually provide direct care to patients.

Prepares for TDADS Nurse Aide State Exam. | Nurse Aide Training and Competency Program | Prepares for NHA Exam. Required by: National Center for Competency Testing, National Healthcare Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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Health Occupations Programs have a registration checklist to help students with the program registration process.


Please contact Liz Maloney at Elizabeth.F.Maloney@LoneStar.edu or call 281.357.3691 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: $20,7151

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, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $4,236

Financial Aid

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