Patient Care Technician

Multi-skilled nursing assistants and orderlies perform basic patient care.


Patient care technicians, or nursing assistants may care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and private homes. They have a broad range of duties including feeding, bathing and walking patients, making beds, assisting patients in their daily living activities, drawing blood, and performing 12- lead electrocardiograms. The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program completion requires 600 hours or six months of training.

Employment Opportunities:

PCT’s / nursing assistants may care for patients in a hospital, nursing home, home health agency, or private home.

Career Opportunities:

  • Patient Care Technician

Employment Outlook:

The job placement rate for graduates actively seeking employment is about 96%. Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.


The average annual wage for Patient Care Technicians is $26,000, and $12.00 hourly.


Location and Hours:

  • American Adult Education Center (Certificate – 600 Hours)
  • Hialeah- Miami Lakes Adult Education Center  (Certificate – 600 Hours)
  • Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center  (Certificate – 600 Hours)
  • Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College  (Certificate – 600 Hours)
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 600 Hours)

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