Professional Development

Patient Care Technician

What does a Patient Care Technician do?

A patient care technician is a professional who works with doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide primary care to patients. Patient care technicians typically work on the front lines providing patient care. They assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require.

Patient care technicians have a wide range of responsibilities from medical tasks, such as taking vital signs, to basic care tasks, such as feeding and bathing patients. Two of the most important responsibilities a patient care technician has are providing emotional support to patients and families, and assisting with communication regarding patient care needs.

Where Can You Work?

Certified patient care technicians work alongside other healthcare professionals in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and long-term care facilities.


24 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Patient Care Technician


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this program, you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Knowing medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy, and physiology
  • Understanding the responsibilities of basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc.
  • Performing safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Recognizing the importance of special care, concerns, and settings
  • Understanding EKG readings and monitoring vital signs
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures, lab tests, blood glucose tests and exercise/nutrition/diet monitoring
  • Understanding the responsibilities of communication and professionalism
  • Administering medication, assisting with minor procedures, and handling laboratory specimens
  • Assisting doctors and nurses with physical examinations

Courses - 24 Weeks

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Patient Care Technician Job Possibilities

Home Health Aide


$21,000 – $34,000

Certified Nursing Assistant


$23,000 – $35,000

Personal Care Aide


$24,000 – $67,000

Certification Information

Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements for 3 certifications: the Certified Patient Care Technician certification, the Certified EKG Technician certification, and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification.


Certified Patient
Care Technician

Earning this certification will ensure that they understand and are able to provide basic patient care.


Certified EKG Technician

Earning this national certification demonstrates to future employers that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as an EKG technician.


Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The CPT ensures you are knowledgeable and fully prepared to work as a phlebotomy technician in a clinical environment.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.


Short-term Loan

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds.

Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


How long does it take to become a Patient Care Technician?

You will complete the courses in this program over 24 weeks, making students job-ready in 5.5 months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

Do these courses count for college credit?

No, these courses do not count for college credit

Is the Patient Care Technician career training online?

Yes, our training program is fully online and asynchronous.