Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician

Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician

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This program is not accepting new students. However there is a Nurse Assisting option, under the credit Nursing program. Click the red button below to receive more information.

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Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician

The Nurse Assistant/Patient Care Technician occupation is one of a series of possible steps on a career ladder in the healthcare field. NAs/PCTs are an important member of a healthcare team. They perform routine tasks in the general care of hospital, clinic and nursing home patients. Typical patient-care duties include bathing and dressing patients, helping with personal hygiene, taking vital signs, answering call lights, transporting patients, servicing and collecting food trays, and feeding patients. Additional training includes EKG, phlebotomy and an introduction to physical therapy. They work directly under the supervision of registered and practical nurses.

You also will be introduced to basic concepts of working in the healthcare environment, customer service, communication techniques and medical terminology.



You must be 18 years of age, with a high school diploma or GED. Also, you have to obtain a Level I fingerprint clearance card, have a healthcare level CPR card, pass MCCCD background check and drug screening, and have proof of immunizations. This is due to off-site clinic visits and “hands-on care” training.

All students must also pass an Accuplacer test with a Elementary Algebra score of 50 or higher and an English Comprehension score of 74 or above. A passing score of Math 091 or English 101 will waive the Accuplacer requirement.

Information Session Attendance

If you are interested in a Healthcare program offered at the Central City Campus, you will be required to attend an Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance. The sessions are held every Tuesday, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Healthcare Department (Building A, Entry #4, Room A232).


You can look forward to jobs as certified nursing assistant, care giver and patient care technicians.

You also may take advantage of career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.


Clock Hour Program

Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Locations

Central City Campus 
Deer Valley Campus

Job Titles

Nursing Assistants**

Program Cost

Certificate of Competency - Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician:  $4,388*

Median Salary

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Consumer Info:
Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017
Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician Accelerated

* Please note that these are only estimates. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. 

** For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information.

Degrees & Certificates


Program Number Completion Time* Program Costs*
Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician 1503 689 hr | 8 mo $4,388

*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab fees and an estimated book cost. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. This program is not financial aid eligible.

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Debra Phillips
(602) 238-4367