Patient Care Technician (PCT)


Patient Care Technician (PCT)

As a Patient Care Technician (PCT) student at Excelsior Health Care Academy, you will have daily hands-on experiences with patients by helping them with procedures such as taking vital signs, performing an electrocardiogram (ECG), blood draws, hemodialysis, and other needs. You’ll work in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities, and home health care agencies. Because PCTs work with patients on a daily basis, they need to have solid communication skills and be empathetic and attentive to their needs.

While in school, the PCT training program will teach you the job duties and responsibilities of:

  • Drawing blood
  • Performing catheterization
  • Removing sutures and staples
  • Managing wound care
  • Administering ECG
  • Operating dialysis equipment and performing treatment procedures
  • Performing emergency room skills (splits, immobilization, nasogastric tube removal)
  • Inserting intravenous saline locks

PCT – What You Will Learn

Excelsior Health Care Academy’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) certificate program will train you to work hands-on with patients who have a variety of healthcare needs. PCTs are trained to conduct blood draws, catheterization, wound care, and the removal of sutures and staples. They can also administer an electrocardiogram (ECGs), take vital signs, operate dialysis equipment and perform emergency room procedures. In order to enroll, you must already be a certified nursing assistant.

Patient Care Technician Job Outlook

Patient care technicians may experience diverse career opportunities due to the variety of skills they acquire,
which also allows them to choose from a multitude of working environments. As the healthcare industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there will be an increased need for healthcare workers. All healthcare-related occupations are projected to increase by more than 10 percent nationally through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Patient Care Technician Employment

Patient care technicians have a variety of opportunities available to them. They may work in numerous settings, such as hospitals, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities, and assisted living facilities.


DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM / COURSE: A Patient Care Technologist (PCT) is an individual who has successfully completed the course of CNA, Phlebotomy, and EKG. This individual will be able to take the Patient Care Technician Examination offered by various related licensed agencies in the United States of America.  This, therefore, is a combined three-part program, which consists of the Nurse Assistant (CNA) Certificate program, the EKG Technician program, and the Phlebotomy Technician program. This allows the PCT to learn the knowledge and skills of a nurse assistant in order to give direct patient to his/her clients along with the advanced knowledge and skills of EKG and phlebotomy.


PROGRAM / COURSE OBJECTIVES:  To prepare an individual to work at the Doctor’s office; medical counters. Emergency room, hospital, or long-term care facilities as desired. This course in combination with Phlebotomy, EKG, and CNA will enable a student to become a Patient Care Technologist.


Enrolment Requirements

Because of legal and ethical factors impacting nursing and nursing education, additional standards and requirements are placed on the nursing student that may not be typical of other academic majors. Therefore, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or, if not, have parental permission in writing
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or successfully pass a Basic Skills Test with a minimum verbal score of 70% and minimum math score of 70%.
  • Have a personal interview.
  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Submit a signed enrollment agreement.
  • Successfully pass tests in Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Basic Math
  • Produce proof of current and negative TB Skin Test and negative Chest X-ray
  • Submit a criminal background check application*.




Excelsior Healthcare Academy does not provide financial aid at this time



  Cost ($)
Tuition 3680.00
Books, Supplies & Lab 720.00
Exams, Certification & Administration 700.00
Tuition Total 5100.00


Duration: The program duration is four weeks. Check the link below for specific time schedules throughout the year, (Excelsior Healthcare Academy School Calendar).



Excelsior Healthcare Academy is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. For more information contact IBHE at 1 N Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701-1377.



Excelsior Healthcare Academy does not have accreditation with the U. S. Department of Education.


Other Requirements:

A candidate must:

  • sign the background check authorization agreement,
  • submit a physical examination,
  • pass a placement examination, and
  • must be Hepatitis B immune.


Background Checks

*Background checks are required by law through the Illinois Department of Public Health and are the first step towards the certification process. Results of this background check will be sent to you. If the charges are listed as “pending” you may continue in the class. If after a more extensive investigation, the results show evidence of one or more of the criminal behaviors which would prohibit employment in the healthcare field, you will be advised in writing of what recourse you may have. Until the conclusion of the extensive investigation and possible hearing, you will not be permitted to take the certification exam.  If you have had a criminal background check within one year of your expected exam date, you must bring a confirming document to the instructor.


Job Placement

We assist with job placements.


Enrolment Documents & Other Information




“Excelsior Healthcare Academy is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.”

“Excelsior Healthcare Academy is not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”

The school does not guarantee the transferability of credits to another school, college, or university.  Credits or coursework are not likely to transfer; any decision on the comparability, appropriateness, and applicability of credit and whether credit should be accepted is the decision of the receiving institution.


Academic Support

Contact the school for additional information or academic advisor support.


Ready to Enrol?

  1. Option One: Download the enrolment documents above, fill and hand-deliver to the Excelsior Health Academy 523 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL 60413 USA, with your school fees
  2. Option Two: Make your payment online, and follow up with a phone call to (773) 297-2417
  3. Option Three:
    1. Submission by mail; Download the enrolment documents, fill and post by registered mail to “the Administrator, Excelsior Healthcare Academy, 523 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL 60413, USA. You are advised to follow up with a phone call.
  4. For questions regarding the course program or fees, reach out to the school administrator either by phone or in-person, we are always available to assist you.
  5. To ensure you are able to request your transcript and examination results online in the comfort of your home, after completion of your training, click here to create an online student management profile.


Page updated June 2021.

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