Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technicians play a vital role in patient care, whether you’re working in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, or long-term care (LTC) facility. You’ll be working directly with patients, and hand-in-hand with nurses.

The type of care you provide patients includes (but is not limited to):

  • Serving meals
  • Changing bedding
  • Assisting with restroom needs
  • Measuring and monitoring vital signs
  • Managing food and liquid intake
  • Drawing blood
  • Performing CPR
  • Administering IVs
  • Handling safety checks
  • Offering emotional support to patients and families

The patient care tech program provides students with the training needed to provide basic care to patients in a hospital or nursing home setting. Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the national certification exam.

Jackson College Offers the following program options:


According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 the average pay for a PCT is $28,530 a year (or $13.72 an hour). There is also an encouraging growth rate for this position: it’s expected to grow by 11%, which is faster than average. This is due to an aging population whose healthcare needs will only increase as they grow older.