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A patient care technician aids doctors, nurses and other medical professionals by tending to ill and injured individuals under their supervision. This often entails taking notes on patient care, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, performing catheterization, and assisting patients with every day tasks like eating, hygiene, grooming, and making assessments on their care.

Career Details


Students in Patient Care Technician are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Provide basic patient care
  • Perform duties such as feeding, bathing, dressing, or repositioning patients
  • Change bed linens
  • Transfer or transport patients
  • Answer patient calls

Career Options

Most program graduates work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important health care tasks such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. They usually work full time in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, or extended care facilities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Program graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) exam while completing their clinical education. Every year they must complete 14 hours of continuing education, to remain certified.

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National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others
Problem-solving skills

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