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Online Patient Care Technician School

As a Patient Care Technician, you will enjoy a rewarding career. You'll be a part of the daily hustle and bustle of a busy hospital, doctor's office or long-term care facility. You can play an important role in the lives of patients. Patient Care Technicians are in high demand, and there are many job opportunities all over the country.


Certification Exam included in your Tuition
Certification Exam included in your Tuition

Prepare for your Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A) Certification

In addition to earning your Patient Care Technician Certificate through U.S. Career Institute, when you graduate from our online patient care technician school, you’ll be eligible to take your Patient Care Technician Certification (CPCT/A) exam, administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Certification exams are administered by independent third parties. You are not required to take a certification exam, however, taking this additional step can help you market yourself to potential employers and validate your Patient Care Technician knowledge.

Your CPCT/A exam fee is included in your tuition- up to a $203 value†.

Why Choose Patient Care?

Healthcare is growing! The ever-increasing number of patients and hospital admissions is driving growth in healthcare services. It takes a lot of support to provide quality care for so many people.

Employment in the fast-growing healthcare field offers a wide range of opportunities for excitement, fulfillment and advancement. Every physician's office, hospital, outpatient facility, medical laboratory and nursing care facility needs men and women who know what it takes to help patients, handle records, and assist doctors and nurses with the utmost in caring and service. So whether you want a career as a Patient Care Technician in a hospital, doctor's office or other healthcare facility, our online Patient Care Technician school will start you on the road to your dream job in the dynamic, in-demand healthcare field.

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As a Patient Care Technician, you'll be a well-respected professional playing a crucial role in the world of healthcare. You will meet fascinating people and find great satisfaction in working side-by-side with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


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How to Become a Patient Care Technician

Step 1:
Earn Your HS Diploma or Equivalent

Step 2:
Research and Verify all State and Local Requirements
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.

Step 3:
Get Formal Training through an Accredited Institution
While formal training is not required, it can be helpful in seeking employment in this field and it can be challenging to find a doctor that is willing to hire an untrained applicant. Patient Care Technician Programs are available at the Certificate and Associate Degree levels, with both online and on-campus options available. Courses typically cover topics like medical terminology, human anatomy, the taking of vital statistics, patient cleanliness, and first-aid procedures.


Step 4:
Obtain Clinical Experience
If you would like to perform clinical procedures, you will be required to complete an externship in a clinical setting prior to employment.


Step 5:
Obtain Credentialing
While certification is not required in this field, it is highly recommended. Employers are more likely to hire Certified Patient Care Technicians. It shows them you have the knowledge and skills to perform well in a role as a Patient Care Technician. Once you have entered the field it can also be the next step to securing a better paying position. Graduates of USCI’s Patient Care Technician program are eligible to take the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A) exam with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and reimburses graduates who have paid in full.


Step 6:
Start Working
Many employers will offer on-the job training, however the employee must prove mastery of nationally recognized patient care standards.


What You'll Learn During Your Online Patient Care Technician Course

Patient Care Technician What You will Learn
  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Anatomy
  • Safety in the Medical Office
  • Nutrition
  • Patient Charting 101
  • Medical Ethics
  • Patient Care: From Dressing to Feeding Patients
  • Patient Care: Moving and Assisting Patients
  • Patient Cleanliness
  • Vital Signs

For the full Patient Care Technician outline, please visit our Course Outline page.

Patient Care Technician Training That Fits Your Life

Online Patient Care TechnicianIn as little as four months you can be a Patient Care Technician. And our self-paced online patient care training means you can study anytime, anywhere. With this online patient care technician certificate course, there are no in-person patient care classes to attend and no schedules to keep. Our Patient Care program will teach you everything you need to know to start working as a Patient Care Technician—no previous medical experience needed.

Online Patient Care Technician Tuition and Financing

Patient Care Technician Program Tuition and Financing

We strive to ensure our online Patient Care Technician school program is both flexible and affordable. This is why we offer low monthly payment options for every student. We are committed to providing you with a high-quality education at an affordable price. Make an investment in yourself today!

For more information, please visit our Tuition and Financing page.

Join the thousands who have trained with U.S. Career Institute. Get started on your online patient care technician specialist program today and be ready to work in as little as four months!


Patient Care Technician FAQ's

Q. What does a Patient Care Technician do?
A. Patient Care Technicians administer basic care for patients; such as bathing, repositioning, serving meals and taking vital signs. They work in hospitals, nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
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Q. Do I need to get Certified as a Patient Care Technician?
A. Upon graduation from our program, you will receive your U.S. Career Institute Certificate of Completion attesting to your accomplishment. U.S. Career Institute’s Patient Care Technician program prepares you to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT-A) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Your CPCT-A exam fees are included in your tuition.
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Q. Does this meet my Patient Care Technician state requirements?
A. A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.
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Q. What is the growth potential of a Patient Care Technician?
A. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Patient Care Technicians jobs are expected to increase 9% by 2028.*
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Q. How much does a Patient Care Technician Course cost?
A. Tuition for this program is $979 total when you pay in full. Payment plans are also available.
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Q. Is this Patient Care Technician Program accredited?
A. U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions.
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Q. Where Can I Work as a Patient Care Technician?
A. Patient Care Technicians can be found working for public or private hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare agencies, hospices, assisted-living facilities, or long-term care facilities.
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Q. What skills will I learn in this Patient Care Technician program?
A. Skills covered in the Patient Care Technician Program include Medical Terminology, Intro to Anatomy, Safety in the Medical Office, Nutrition, Patient Charting 101, Medical Ethics, Patient Care: From Dressing to Feeding Patients, Patient Care: Moving and Assisting Patients, Patient Cleanliness, Vital Signs.
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People Also Ask

How much does online Patient Care Technician school cost?
While our online Patient Care Technician school is not free, we strive to offer low cost tuition and offer monthly payment plans. In fact, our tuition and monthly payment plans are so low that we do not offer federal financial aid or loans.

How long does online Patient Care Technician school take?
When you enroll in our self-paced Patient Care Technician program, you choose how much you study each week. If you want to learn to become a Patient Care Technician, you can do it in as little as 4 months. On average, our online Patient Care Technician school program is completed in 5 months.

Is this the best online Patient Care Technician school?
We firmly believe that USCI is the top online Patient Care Technician school in the nation. Our curriculum is laid out in easy to learn step-by-step lessons. When you graduate you will be prepared to take the Patient Care Technician Certification Exam (CPCT-A) through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Is there a U.S. Career Institute Patient Care Technician school near me?
Our online Patient Care Technician school delivers its curriculum on the internet. Where could be closer than your own home? The convenience of online classes makes it easier for our students to fit their studies into their busy lives.

Content updated by: Leslie Ballentine

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†Provided in form of reimbursement when the following terms are met: Student submits receipt issued by NHA, has successfully completed the course and has paid tuition in full.