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Online Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Patient Care Technician School
Patient Care Technician School

Start Our Online Patient Care Technician Certificate Program today! USCI offers 100% online classes that allow you to study at any time or place on Your phone.

U.S. Career Institute’s Online Patient Care Certificate Program prepares you to take the Patient Care Technician Certification (CPCT/A) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Our affordable program will prepare students for an awarding career as a Patient Care Technician. You will gain the valuable skills to find employment in hospitals, doctor's offices, or long-term care facilities.

  • Our pct training is designed to prepare you for the Patient Care Technician Certification (CPCT/A) exam, administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
    Your CPCT/A exam fee is included in your tuition- up to a $235 value†.
  • Patient Care Technician jobs are projected to increase 4% by 2032* according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Patient Care Technician professional salary – up to $38,130 per year! *
  • U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
  • U.S. Career Institute is proud to provide our Career Coach Program which gives you one-on-one access to a Career Advisor.

U.S. Career Institute School Benefits

Affordable monthly paymentAffordable

$69 monthly payments, 5 day risk-free preview and 100% money back commitment.

USCI On-Demand Learning On-demand Learning

100% online and self-paced. No set class schedules so you set the pace and study when you can 24/7.

Mobile Friendly Learning Materials Mobile-Friendly

Custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal.

USCI has custom learning materials Real-world Skills

Focus on real-world skills that will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for employment and to prepare for industry certifications.

USCI all-inclusive program All-inclusive Program

Your tuition includes access to instructors, learning materials and career support.

USCI all-inclusive program Proven Reputation

A+ BBB Rating, 40 Years in Business, 4.8 out of 5 TrustScore, DEAC Accredited, 97% of students would recommend us to a friend.

Patient Care Technician Training that fits your life

What You'll Learn During Your Course

U.S. Career Institute’s Patient Care Technician Classes provide graduates with the skills necessary to professionally perform many essential duties. Students learn the basics of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and disease processes before moving on to clinical skills. The course enables students to care for patients, residents and clients in a professional manner. Students access online virtual labs to visualize clinical skills. These labs provide students with interactive opportunities to familiarize themselves with skills, as well as interact with real-world scenarios to assess and evaluate how to handle such situations. In addition, students learn safety precautions and regulations, nutritional guidelines and effective communication skills.

Our program covers many topics including:

  • Human anatomy and physiology, so you can master how the human body works
  • Medical terminology and pronunciation so you'll know how to speak the language of health care
  • How medical transcription impacts health care
  • How transcriptionists use speech-recognition technology , medical editing and the Internet to boost their productivity and earnings
  • How medical records are being transitioned to electronic, computer-based systems

For the full course outline, goals, and outcomes, please visit our Course Outline page.Patient Tech. Outline

Kaylah Thornton Instructor

Patient Care Technician Program Instructor/Course Expert

Kaylah Thornton, B.S., RN

At U.S. Career Institute, our dedicated team of course experts, instructors and instructor assistants are committed to developing and delivering high-quality curriculum. Our qualified Patient Care Technician Technician instructor Kaylah Thornton obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. As a Registered Nurse, she has provided nursing care in a variety of specialties, including surgical, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology and rehabilitation. In her nursing position, Kaylah monitored, documented and communicated patient conditions to a multidisciplinary care team. She collaborated with numerous disciplines to coordinate patient care, including patient transfer, discharge, referral and spiritual/psychosocial needs. Kaylah evaluated the learning needs of patients and families and educated them as needed.

Career Outlook and Certification



Number of Jobs

1.4 Million*

Job Growth


U.S. Career Institutes self-paced online Patient Care Technician training is designed to prepare graduates for the Patient Care Technician Certification (CPCT/A) exam, administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

For full career outlook and certification information please visit our career and certification page.

Patient Care Technician Outcomes

USCI Student Testimonial Quote

I’m happy that I chose U.S. Career Institute where I can study at my own pace. There is plenty of job growth for patient care technicians. I have been a CNA for many years and I’m sure I will flourish in the field of PCT. I’m excited about my new career in becoming a PCT.

Shelia R.

Online Patient Care Technician Tuition and Financing

Program Tuition and Financing

We strive to ensure our Patient Care Technician training 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.

Want a competitive edge? Take a look at our Medical Specialties Degree Program with low monthly payments of just $139!


Q. How can I become a Patient Care Technician?
A. Typically a High School diploma or equivalent is required, formal training through an accredited institution can also be helpful. After completing a recognized program, the next step is to sit for and pass an industry certification exam.
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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. Certification requirements depend on vocation and state. Check your state guidelines to check certificaiton requirements. 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, study guide and practice text 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 4% by 2032.*
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Q. How much does a Patient Care Technician Course cost?
A. Tuition can vary depending on program, U.S. Career Institute's program cost $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 is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
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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 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 long does online Patient Care Technician school take?
When you enroll in our 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 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).

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Leadership Team/USCI

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet at Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, (visited April 25, 2024). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
†Provided in form of reimbursement when the following terms are met: Student submits receipt issued by NHA, has successfully completed the program and has paid tuition in full. Reimbursement is for up to $235 towards the cost of the CPCT-A exam, study guide and practice test – a $235 value!†