Patient Care Technician
Accelerated Job Training,
Offered through Accelerated Job Training
@ Forest Park
Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work alongside nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. This 9-week non-credit accelerated training program combines 6 weeks of classroom instruction with 3 weeks of clinical practice. This training program satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel.
Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline
Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work alongside nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. PCTs provide patient care under direct nursing supervision. Typical work activities include attending to patients’ comfort, hygiene and meals; checking temperatures and vital signs; helping patients keep room and beds clean; assisting with patient mobility; and reporting any changes in patients’ demeanor or agility to the nurses or physicians on duty.
This 9-week non-credit accelerated training program combines 6 weeks of classroom instruction with 3 weeks of clinical practice. Classroom instruction, which includes hands-on lab exercises, is conducted at the Forest Park campus. Classroom instruction also includes a Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support course through the American Heart Association. The clinical practice takes place at partnering hospital locations. This training program satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. A strict attendance policy is enforced throughout this training.
Many hospitals have the following policies:
Who Should Attend This Program?
Any individual, at least 18 year of age, interested in providing patient-centered services and employable as an unlicensed assistive personnel working in an acute care setting, should attend.
Cost of Program
The cost for the Patient Care Technician training program is $3,200, plus an additional $180 for supplies. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying individuals. Potential funding options include WIOA, HPOG, SkillUp and scholarships.
The classroom instruction is held at the Forest Park campus. Students must be available for classroom hours Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Clinical practice hours include 12-hour day shifts at a partnering hospital location.
Clinical and Field Work
Some degree and certificate programs offered by the college require students to obtain community health service learning experience as part of their course work. Hospitals and health facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check be conducted prior to placement in a clinical setting and as part of an employer’s screening process. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the community health service learning experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements, and/or ineligible for hire.
How to Get Started
Download the fact sheet and intake checklist to learn more about this program and prepare for upcoming classes.
Download PCT Fact Sheet (pdf).
Call the Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline at 314-539-5900 to hear announcements about program information. If you would like to talk with a program representative about the details of a program, please apply now and attend an information session.