Patient Care Technician, Continuing Education Certificate

Patient Care Technicians (PCT) perform delegated nursing functions that require a higher level of technical ability and skill, including: venipuncture, specimen collection, basic EKG, and advanced CNAs skills. PCTs can work in a hospital setting or urgent care facility. This course series prepares students to take the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam for Patient Care Technician.

Certifying Organization: National Healthcareer Association  Exam Cost: $155

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Maryland Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Maryland Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (

Program Length

 *Cohorts Timeframe subject to change*

Cohort Timeframe


Class Timeframe

Cohort Length

January to April



4 months

April to August



4 months

November to March



4 months

Program Requirements


Student must have an active CNA/GNA license with the Maryland Board of Nursing. ​A High School Diploma or GED is required for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exam and employment. Student must be computer literate and and Internet access.

Students must have the following paperwork uploaded to prior to the start of Part II: Clinical.   Please e-mail with any questions.

  • Copy of active CNA/GNA license
  • Medical Exam Report signed by your physician
  • Negative PPD (6 months) or negative chest x-ray (one year)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella vaccination
  • Current flu vaccination
  • Hep B vaccination or declination form 
  • Tetanus shot (less than 10 years)
  • Health insurance card
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers verification
  • Drug test
  • Background check

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Provisional Entry: Prospective students must provide verification of CNA/GNA with the Maryland Board of Nursing and complete the mandatory online orientation session.

Program Course Sequence


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

AHL 936

Patient Care Technician Theory and Skills




Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician by Townsend

Text/WB Package

ISBN: 9780323523639



AHL 937

Patient Care Technician Clinical





AHL 940

PCT Exam Review





Program Series Total:





Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
Students are responsible for the cost of screenings, medical testing, scrubs and miscellaneous supplies.
The service of CastleBranch including the background check and drug test is $94.50​

Skills for Success
See Technical Standards at end of document

Career Opportunities:
Most hospitals in the metropolitan areas of Maryland and Washington D.C. hire patient care technicians.

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Program Contact Information

For further information please e-mail

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC's Nursing Support/Patient Care Technician Training Series

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Nursing Support Technician Training is to adequately prepare students for a position as a Nursing Support Technician at the bedside under the direct supervision of a registered nurse in an acute care hospital or in a physician's office, urgent care center, ambulatory care facility, long-term care center or other health care facility.

Nursing Support Technicians are required to be on their feet for long periods of time, caring for patients at the bedside, transferring and/or positioning patients. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to function quickly with accuracy while being detail-oriented. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and personal integrity are vital.

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:

A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Work/or stand on feet for up to 12 hours
  • Lift at least 50 pounds or more and position patients
  • Move swiftly within close quarters while maintaining sterile field
  • Assist with minor procedures

B. Adequate vision to:

  • Read patient ID bracelets for correct administration of care
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens
  • Read medical measuring equipment, scale, thermometer, graduated cylinder, sphygmomanometer

C.Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions
  • Properly use of stethoscope
  • Hear machines/equipment or room bells

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  1. Have the ability to:
  • Interact with other health professionals in a polite and professional manner
  • Respect patient confidentiality and rights
  • Adhere to all policies of CCBC and/or clinical externship facility
  • Work in a professional manner as part of a team
  • Interact in a professional with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds

  B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Accurately interpret patient needs
  • Provide patient/public education related to the Nurse Support Technician profession

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment within the practice to properly care for patients
  • Accurately identify and carry out tasks delegated by registered nurses
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calmness during an emergency situation
  • Complete program requirements

Environmental Requirements:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Working in an environment that may be noisy at times
  • Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials including cleaning agents and chemicals, body fluids
  • Working in an environment with unpleasant odors
  • Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and tetanus
  • Receive Hepatitis B vaccinations and/or sign a waiver