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OUR Patient care technician Certification PROGRAM

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program prepares a graduate to work in an entry-level at clinics, hospitals, wound care centers or long-term care facilities. Graduates will be able to check vital signs, perform CPR and First Aid, help with activities of daily living, provide comfort care, assist in medical examinations, perform phlebotomy, electrocardiograms (EKG/ECG) and basic laboratory procedures. 

This program is taught with a combination of lecture and practical exercises in the medical laboratory. Students also gain real-world experience during the clinical externship portion of training conducted off-campus at a long-term care facility.

Our students are prepared to take three National Certification Exams, two of which are included with tuition and are earned during the program. Once a student completes training, our full time Career Services staff offers job placement assistance. Our staff also offers students guidance, support and employment assistance even after completion of the program.

Vantage graduates will complete school knowing that they have the skills to obtain a job, perform well, and advance in the career that they have chosen to become a valued member of the workforce. Vantage College also provides services such as flexible tutoring schedules, class-related field trips, guest speakers, and interview preparation. 



Patient Care Technicians care for injured, physically and mentally ill, and disabled or infirm patients. They perform routine tasks under the supervision of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in monitoring the patient’s condition and providing basic patient care. The PCT plays a vital role in the health care delivery team since they often have more direct patient contact than any other team member including doctors and nurses.

Patient Care Technicians perform duties such as:

  • Responding to patient calls and requests for assistance
  • Bathing, dressing, grooming and assisting with personal hygiene
  • Serving meals and feeding patients if they are unable to feed themselves
  • Monitoring and recording vital signs - temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates
  • Observing, recording and reporting a patients’ physical, mental, and emotional condition
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs), collecting blood (phlebotomy) and other clinical tasks
  • Changing dressings and wound care
  • Moving patients, transferring patients to and from a bed or wheelchair and assisting with walking
  • Making beds and keeping patient rooms clean and neat
  • Assisting doctors and nurses during examinations and treatments



Duration: This program takes approximately 3 months (300 clock hours) to complete. Classes start every 2-3 weeks.

Core Topics:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Phlebotomy
  • ECG / EKG
  • Basic Nursing Competencies
  • Externship (Clinical)


  • CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant
  • NCPT – National Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • NCET – National Certified ECG Technician (Optional)

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to all who qualify. You will never have to worry about making payments while you are in school.



According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations are expected to grow 19% until 2024, adding 2.3 million new jobs. This growth in jobs is the largest of any occupational field, due to an aging population and federal health insurance reform.



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