Patient Care Technician Certification Program

Pursue a career in healthcare by gaining the knowledge and skills needed for Patient Care Technician credentialing exams


24 Weeks






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Throughout the Patient Care Technician certificate program, you will learn, in a virtual environment, how to assist physicians and nurses by providing basic and advanced clinical duties in a virtual medical environment. The program covers subjects such as anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, medical communications, medical records, patient preparation, medical terminology, safety and compliance, and basic laboratory procedures and tests compiled into five courses taught over 24 weeks.
You’ll learn a wide variety of fundamental clinical tasks designed to set you apart in the competitive job market. Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam which is sponsored by the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Hours Per Week

16 hours of study per week, on average

Job Growth​

Employment for patient care technicians is expected to growth by 1.3%, over the next ten years*

Potential Salary Range

$21,000 – $34,000 (entry-level)*

*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Information

Programs may include courses such as:

  • Professionalism in Allied Health
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Electrocardiography
  • Fundamentals of Patient Care
Hardware Computer Requirements
  • Computer/Processor:
    • 2 GHz or above
    • Intel Pentium 4 or above
    • AMD Athlon 3800+ or above
    • 512MB RAM or above
    • Keyboard and Mouse
    • CD-ROM Drive
    • Network Card 100BaseT or higher
    • Sound Card/Speaker/Headset
    • Configured default printer
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Mac: OS X 10.5 or newer
    • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above

Software Computer Requirements
  • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above
  • We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for your internet browser if you have any issues with internet Explorer
  • Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution video adapter with 128MB VRAM and monitor. The latest versions Macromedia Flash player and Shockwave player plug-ins for Internet browser (Firefox doesn’t use plug-ins installed for IE)
  • Shockwave You may be asked to install Shockwave on your machine to facilitate your online training. Follow the steps to install Shockwave making sure to uncheck the box that states “Install Yahoo Tool bar”.
  • Active X If at some point you may be asked to install Active X, please do so.
  • Adobe Reader If you cannot open and read your transcript you will need to go to and download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

High Speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required
    Recommended Internet speeds:
    • Download speed of at least 25 mbps
    • Upload speed of at least 3 mbps
    • Ping response of less than 100ms

Coming in July 2023.  Students can enroll and study at their own pace.

Students enrolled in a structured Online workforce development program are required to engage in an academically related activity every week. If a student is absent for 10 consecutive calendar days, the students’ enrollment in the program will be terminated. A student whose enrollment is terminated for violation of the attendance policy may not re-enroll until the next cohort starts that offers the same course the student was scheduled. This provision does not circumvent the approved refund policy.

Certification Information

Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements to take the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam which is sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock and a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) has a diverse range of knowledge and skills vital to that care. Earning your Patient Care Technician credential and passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CPCT exam will set you up for success.


Certified Patient Care Technician

Earning this certification will ensure that 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 knowledgable and fully prepared to work as a phlebotomy technician in a clinical environment. 


This program is not recognized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), and therefore residents of the State of Georgia are NOT eligible for enrollment into this program. Individuals who intend to work in the states of CA or WA should be aware that this program is not approved to prepare students to draw blood.
This program has a clinical requirement of 10 live EKGs which must be completed within 180 days of passing the CET exam. Students are responsible for locating and securing a site to fulfill the clinical requirements of the program. MedCerts cannot guarantee placement to complete this clinical requirement. Students are also required to complete 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks within 180 days of passing the CPT exam.
These clinical requirements will be demonstrated in person at a clinical site in the presence of a site-approved individual (supervisor/manager/trainer). The site’s approved manager or supervisor must sign the clinical log prior to the log being submitted to MedCerts. MedCerts reviews all log submissions (CPT and CET), ensuring the information provided is accurate and meets the minimum clinical requirements. Logs submitted without a signature will be rejected and will need to be reviewed and signed by the clinical site’s approved manager or supervisor. Students who submit logs signed by any individual who is found not to be the clinical site’s approved manager or supervisor may be subject to disciplinary action to the severity of termination from the clinical site and dismissal from their MedCerts program.
You may be required to pass a drug test and or background check prior to employment in this profession. 

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Tara is your Enrollment Specialist.  She is here to help you understand your program of interest, payment options and succeed!  Get in touch with Tara to learn more about your program, St. Ambrose University, and how to achieve your professional goals!

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