Patient Care Technician

NUPC 1020

In order to receive a refund, or if you need to withdraw or transfer classes you must submit your request by email to Tasheena Taylor at, 7 business days prior to the course start date.





Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians (PCT) to assist with the critical day-to-day patient care. As a PCT, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals. Wages for PCTs are typically between $11 and $13 per hour. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician Assistant (CPT-A), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification tests, and Texas Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). (296 course hrs)

Course Topics:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Infection control and safety
  • Basic physical and psychological needs related to developmental stages
  • Patient care skill and principles of nutrition
  • Taking and documenting vital signs
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures
  • Performing EKG procedures
  • HIPPA and OSHA guidelines
Students must demonstrate proficiency in venipunctures and capillary punctures by receiving and delivering the required number of punctures throughout the course.

*See Entry Requirement tab for items required to enroll in class.

Class Location & Times

  • Aug 24 - Dec 9, 2020
  • HYBRID- lecture online, skills/lab face to face
  • Skills Begin Aug 31, M/W, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Health Science 215

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 and CDC guidelines, the following are the health protocols students will be required to comply to for all lab/skills on campus. The checklist is based on health protocols included in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas1 and coronavirus and COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (revised March 18, 2020) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • All individuals will wear face coverings (over the nose and mouth). Students will be provided a mask.
  • Screen all individuals before coming into the classroom or laboratory
  • All individuals will wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom or laboratory
  • All individuals will maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals
  • Classrooms and any touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms and will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis


  • Tuition: $2,499
  • Tuition includes all necessary materials for class including:  scrubs, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, gait belt, watch, three textbook/workbooks for Phlebotomy, EKG, and Nurse Aide and all other supplies.
  • Tuition does NOT include National Healthcare Association certification exams, or Texas DADS Nurse Aide License testing fee:
    • The following Exam cost (payable to NHA and Texas DADS upon registering for certification exams):
      • $155 Patient Care Technician Exam
      • $117 Phlebotomy Technician Exam
      • $117 EKG Technician Exam
      • $104.50 Certified Nurse Aide Exam


Workforce Solutions Texoma operates the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which may be able to help you pay for tuition, books, and travel for up to two years. Eligible individuals include employees who are laid off or trade affected, displaced homemakers, and income eligible adults and youth. For more information, contact Workforce Solutions Texoma at 903-463-9997.

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must present social security card and state-issued ID with matching names upon enrollment
  • Proof of immunizations sent to (see below)
  • Criminal background check
  • Must be free of communicable diseases and in suitable physical and emotional health to safely care for residents
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED prior to enrollment in the class.

Completed immunizations:

  • Tuberculosis (TB), Proof of either (within the past year):
    • a negative PPD skin test, or
    • a negative chest x-ray if skin test is positive or can not be taken
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox), Proof of either:
    • a physician documented history of the disease, or
    • a documentation of varicella immunization
    • or a titer test confirming immunity
  • Hepatitis B series, Proof of either:
    • a complete three-injection series of Hepatitis B vaccinations, or
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • MMR series, Proof of either:
    • a complete two-injection series of MMR vaccinations, or
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • Diphtheria Tetanus (within past 10 years)
Notes: A background check including criminal history will be done prior to start of class.  All monies will be refunded if you are ineligible to attend. Enrollment priority is given to those who submit proof of all required immunizations and TB test results to