The aging population is causing demand in the health care profession as a whole. Positions for patient care technicians will be available in facilities for the elderly and other settings.
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Training includes direct patient care and techniques such as venipuncture and bedside testing.
Graduates of the program take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam, for which they are eligible for two years.
Requirements for the PCT program
- At least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or a GED
- Two-year CPR - must be Health Care Provider Adult/Child/Infant, American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross
- A physical exam by a doctor or nurse practitioner and proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases and a two-step PPD (TB test)
- Pass a criminal background check with a clear record for seven years and no history of violent crimes.
- Pass (negative results) a 10-panel drug screen prior to the start of clinicals.
A mandatory PCT orientation class will be scheduled prior to the start of each semester.
Patient Care Technician
Certificate in Applied Science
This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a position as a patient care technician, which is an unlicensed, assistive person working under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. The program is offered in day, afternoon, and evening formats and is completed in one semester.
Spring and Fall Semester day classes are offered at the Barton and Northwest (Berea) campuses; afternoon classes are available at the Brashier (Simpsonville) Campus; and evening/Saturday classes at the Northwest Campus. During Summer Term, day classes are available at the Northwest and Barton campuses.
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An orientation session is required prior to admission into the Patient Care Technician program. Details about this sessions will be provided at advising.
Also, you must comply with these policies before acceptance into a Health Science or Nursing Division program.
Once you have completed the college application process, make an appointment with one of the following advisors:
The advisor will discuss your placement test scores with you and assist you in registering for any courses you need to meet requirements. Students may not self-register for PCT courses, but if requirements are met, the advisor will complete your registration.
You will need to pay a $100 deposit at the business office prior to registering for the PCT program. You will also be required to attend a mandatory PCT orientation meeting prior to entering the program.
PCT Program Letter of Intent
Because this certificate program requires only 10 credit hours, students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (i.e., Pell grant and federal student loans) . However, South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance is available for eligible students. In order to receive S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance for a semester, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA Waiver Form must be submitted on or before the last day of classes for that semester. Please note that S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance will only cover a portion of your total tuition costs. For additional financial assistance, students can also apply for private loans through Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan or South Carolina Student Loan Corp Palmetto Assistance Loan. For more information regarding your financial aid award, please visit our Financial Aid office at McAlister Square.
Patient Care Technician Program Costs
- Book - $147
- Supply kit - $149
- Uniform - for size small top - $23, pants - $23 (uniform increases based on increase in size of uniform)
- Lab fees - $15
- Shoes - around $40
- Physical - varies
- Immunizations - varies
- Tuition - 10 credit hours
- CNA exam - $101
- CPR - varies
- Deposit - $100 - includes
- Drug screening
- Health Stream pre-clinical
- Background check
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Patient Care Technician
Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.