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Patient Care Technician (PCT)

The Patient Care Technician program will be comprised of a nurse aide course and a combined EKG/Phlebotomy Technician course, saving the student the cost of taking them separately.

Course Information

Students will spend 154 hours in the classroom (100 lecture and 54 lab hours) and 160 hours in clinicals (externship) to obtain proficiency in the skills necessary for performing the duties of a clinical medical assistant. The total program is 314 hours.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will sit for the National Healthcareer Association certification exam for the patient care technician.

Occupation Overview

The Patient Care Technician is a health care professional who works under the supervision of a nurse or physician. A PCT does not give orders or make clinical decisions without the assistance of a nurse or a physician. A PCT responds to patient calls and requests, assists patients with personal hygiene tasks, tidies patient rooms, serves meals and feeds patients, monitors vital signs, draws laboratory specimens, performs EKGs and other clinical tasks, sets up equipment, and assists the physician or nurse with therapies.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for CMAs in the United States is $30,550.


 Average Salary in Texas $28,270
 Average salary in Killeen area $25,960