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Program Objective/Description

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program is designed to train the student for an entry level position in all of the relevant aspects of patient care technician assistance, diagnostic testing specifically electrocardiography (EKG), phlebotomy, nursing assistant, home health care needs. This program is designed for those interested for an entry level position as patient care technician in a nursing home, rehabilitation facility, extended care facility, a hospital or as Home Health Care Aid. The student learns to use basic types of patient care technician/home health care, phlebotomy and EKG equipment. The student receives all required in-service training and certifications such as Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, OSHA, Infection Control and Universal Precautions, Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and CPR. Upon completion of this program, student will possess the skills and hands on experience needed at an entry level Patient Care Technician utilizing patient care skills in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completing the Nursing Assistant component of the Program, the PCT graduate is eligible to sit for Massachusetts State Certification Nursing Assistant Exam.

Program Length:

  • 6 – 7.5 weeks

Class Schedule:

  • Monday thru Friday (30 hours per week)
  • AM: 8:00am – 2:30pm
  • PM: 4:00pm-10:30pm
Credential: Diploma
Program Length: Total Contact Hours:
Clock Hours – 200 Theory Hours – 116
Credit Hours – N/A Lab Hours – 63
Externship Hours – 21

Program Breakdown by Course

Course Code Course Title Clock Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Hours
NAT100 Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide 51 18 0 69
MAS114 Specialized Medical Exams I (Phlebotomy Technician) 50 30 0 80
MAS116 Specialized Medical Exams II (EKG/ECG)* 15 15 0 30
NAT100 PCT115 Nursing Assistant Clinical 0 0 21 21
MAS115 Specialized Medical Exams I (Phlebotomy) Externship 0 0 0 0
TOTALS: 116 63 21 200

Course numbers are the first letters of the program name followed by three code numbers.


Student may start working in their field of training as soon as they have successfully completed above-described program outline and received all required in-service certificates and diploma. To work in a hospital setting in the State of Massachusetts, PCT graduates must have completed the Nursing Assistant component of the Program, sit and pass the state Certified Nursing Assistant written and practical exam.