Health Sciences Institute at Renaissance

Patient Care Technician Certificate Program


The Patient Care Technician Certificate Program at HSIR is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a Patient Care Technician by developing the working knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform basic care for patients in a healthcare facility. Students will learn to assist patients in such tasks as grooming, eating, or walking, and will assist nurses in monitoring patients.


Students in a patient care certificate program can expect to participate in a variety of didactic, laboratory, and clinical exercises in which they will learn about the following topics: CPR and first aid, EKG, phlebotomy, measuring vitals, and interacting with patients. Patient Care Technicians provide assistance to patients in hospitals, doctor's offices and nursing homes. A Patient Care Technician is mainly focused on working closely with patients; in conjunction with nurses they help perform basic care for patients, such as assisting them in using the restroom, serving meals or changing bedding.


Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Patient Care Technician certification examination.

Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Patient Care Technician certification examination.


Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Patient Care Technician Certificate Program


Semester I (16 Weeks)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
HSIR 1301* Student Success for Health Professions 48 0 48 3
HITT 1301* Medical Terminology I 48 0 48 3
ANAT 1401* Anatomy & Physiology I 48 64 112 5
PCT 1302 Patient Care Technician I 36 60 96 4
Semester Total: 180 124 304 15
Semester II (16 weeks)
Course Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Total Contact Hours Semester Credit Hours
NURS 1201 Introduction to Nursing 32 0 32 2
PCT 1303 Patient Care Technician II 36 92 128 5
HSIR 1302 Medical Spanish 48 0 48 3
Semester Total: 116 92 208 10
Program Total: 296 216 512 25
* indicates course may be offered in a DE format.
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