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Train for a new career as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) in just three months!

Under the supervision of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, Patient Care Technicians help tend to sick and injured patients. During the online PCT program, powered by Career Step™, students will learn patient rights and safety, body structure and function, vital signs, basic emergency care, care of women, children and older adults, procedure assistance, specimen collection, physical exam assistance and pain management. This course will leave you fully prepared to take one of three national certification exams.

Upon completion of the coursework, you will be placed in a clinical externship in a medical setting.

Join today and take advantage of:

  • Flexibility: This program is self-paced and provided through an online training format, allowing you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows. Though this program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you will have a full 12 months to complete your training.
  • National Certification Preparation: You will graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to pass one of three national certification exams:
    • Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) from the NHA
    • NCPCT (Patient Care Technician) from the NCCT
    • AMCA’s Patient Care Technician certification.
  • Hands On Experience: Your included externship in a clinical setting provides real world training where you will be able to put your course learning into practice, preparing you to jump straight into the workforce.

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