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Patient Care Technician

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The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Certificate Program is an exciting opportunity for you to start your healthcare career or advance your skills, earn a better salary and have more job options in a changing work environment. PCT's are valued members of many health care teams. They work in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, physician offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. The PCT will expand the knowledge and skills of the nurse aide to care for patients with complex and sometimes acute diagnoses. Learn the art and science of drawing blood specimens, accurately recording an electrocardiogram, and working within a sterile field used for surgical procedures.

Program Overview

The patient care technician program is a series of courses, including the Certified Nurse Aide, that prepares you to enter the health care profession and care for a variety of patient populations. The courses may be taken on a part-time or full time basis in Waterbury or Danbury. Patient Care Technician (PCT).

If you are ready to get going and want to finish quickly, then you should register for the all inclusive PCT package program. The program schedule provides you all the required courses, medical terminology, and hospital clinical. The program calendar is designed to have you job ready in just months. Computers for Health Care and Math for Health Care are "bonus" course content offered to students that register for the PCT program. Students that already have their CNA may request to join the PCT program at a reduced rate. Please contact the Lifelong Learning Office for additional registration information.

PCT Modules

Some students wish to pursue courses at their own pace and choose their own plan. This allows students to plan courses around other commitments. Not all courses are offered each semester. Course schedules often rotate from days and evening sessions and between Waterbury and Danbury locations. Please refer to the current semester course schedule for offerings. Download a Patient Care Technician Program Plan to track your progress and to apply for your completion certificate.

Required Courses
  • PCT Orientation 
  • Nurse Aide Certification 
  • BLS - Basic Life Support 
  • Advanced Patient Care Skills 
  • Customer Service and Communication in Health Care Computers & EMR in Healthcare 
  • EKG & Pulse Oximetry Skills 
  • Patient Confidentiality 
  • Phlebotomy for the Patient Care Technician 
  • Rehabilitation Skills
Electives: Choose 2
  • Alzheimer’s and Other Cognitive Changes in the Elderly 
  • Behavioral Health 
  • Caring for the Pediatric Client 
  • Care of the Growing Family 
  • Compassionate Care for the End of Life 
  • Hospital Clinical 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • The Surgical Patient

Course Calendar

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.


Course 1

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Course 2

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule


Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.


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Important Information

Important Information

  • A high school diploma or GED is strongly recommended and is required by most employers. (Required for PCT Fast Track)
  • A health screening, up-to-date immunizations and flu vaccine are required by the second week of class. Documentation must be in the form of a completed NVCC Health Form signed by a licensed health care provider. Appointments for health screening can sometimes take several weeks so please schedule early.
  • Federal and State mandated attendance requirements must be met.
  • Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, some variations in dates and time may occur in course schedules.
  • Students with criminal convictions may have difficulty finding employment in health care and may be denied clinical placement. All students are required to have a background check prior to clinical participation. Felony or misdemeanor offenses may preclude you from participating in clinical and mandate withdrawal from the program. No course refunds are available. Please consult the program coordinator prior to registration if you have any concerns.
  • Uniforms, dark blue v-neck scrub top and pants, along with white shoes/sneakers, are required to be worn for all classes, labs, and clinical.
  • They must be washable. No sweats, spandex, or leggings will be allowed. A watch with a second hand will also be required.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in any of our Non-Credit health care programs. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration, you will be required to provide a parent/guardian waiver form.
  • Textbooks are included in the cost of the course and will be provided in the first class session.
  • All courses are not offered every semester.
  • Some courses require prerequisites. Please check course descriptions carefully.
  • PCT graduates receive a custom-designed NVCC PCT pin.
Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
Payment Plan Information

Payment Plan Information

Payment plans are available for PCT Package schedules. Please note there is a $25 fee to use a payment plan. Download and complete the payment plan for your selected course and present at registration with your first payment.

Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Patient Care Technicians are employed in a variety of health care settings. The role and skills of the PCT may vary depending on what type of patient care is provided within a given setting. The PCT may be involved with assisting patients with the activities of daily living, specimen collection and diagnostic testing. The PCT will need technical, clerical and interpersonal skills to work effectively and with confidence. Most PCT’s can expect to earn $24,960 - $37,500 per year and commonly work shifts that may include nights, weekends and holidays. The job market for PCT's is growing and continued growth is expected. The Connecticut Department of Labor lists patient care technicians as one of the fastest growing jobs in Connecticut with a projected growth of 7.5% through 2018.

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