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students with a high school diploma, or equivalent, who are looking for an exciting opportunity to start a healthcare career or advance their skills, earn a better salary and have more job options in a changing work environment. Patient Care Technicians(PCTs) are valued members of many health care teams. They work in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, physician offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. The PCT Program 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 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. 

PCT Package

 If you are ready to get started and want to finish quickly, then you should register for the all inclusive PCT package. The program schedule provides you all the required courses, medical terminology, and hospital clinical. This 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 package. Students that already have their CNA may request to join the PCT package 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 option 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.


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Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our

Program Coordinator:
Patricia A Targett
203-575-8253 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K408

PCT Package

The PCT package provides a schedule with all the required courses and two electives, Medical Terminology and Hospital Clinical, in a preset calendar. The package price represents a reduced tuition total over taking all the individual courses.

Cost: $3,975


Advanced Patient Care Skills

This course builds on the knowledge and skills of the CNA course.  Students will learn skills including: wound care and sterile dressings; respiratory procedures; advanced catheter care and specimen collection; pre and post-operative care; administration of enemas and colostomy care; nasogastric tubes and feeding tubes; and glucometer point of care testing. There will be opportunities for students to have extensive supervised hands-on practice in the skills laboratory.

Cost: $340.00


Alzheimer's and Other Cognitive Changes in the Elderly


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

In this classroom-based course, health care professionals learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  Participants who successfully complete the written exam and skills validation will receive an American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification card, valid for two years. This course meets most health care employers' requirements for formal BLS evaluation and meets the requirements for many health care education programs, including those at NVCC. 4.5 hours

A textbook is included in the price of the course and should be picked up during the week prior to class in Founders Hall, room F323 or at the Danbury Campus Administration Office.  Please be on time or you may be turned away at your own expense.

Behavioral Health


Care of the Growing Family


Care of the Pediatric Client


Compassionate Care for the End of Life


Computers and EMR

Technology is an integral part of health care. Take a patient's blood pressure and then record it in the electronic medical record.  Answer the phone in the health provider's office and enter the new appointment in the computer schedule. Assist the resident with range of motion exercises and document it so the physical therapist will know it was completed.  This course will briefly review the basic skills required to operate a computer and introduce you to the practical applications used in health care today. 9 hours.

Customer Service and Communication in Healthcare

As a healthcare worker, you are regarded as a partner in care and play a vital role in customer service.  YOur body language, attention to etiquette, the way you give and receive messages, and how you interact with your patient and others are keys to their health care experience. Maximize successful communication and improve patient satisfaction. 3 hours

EKG and Pulse Oximetry Skills


Hospital Clinical


Medical Terminology

The Language of Health Care

Ready to learn the "lingo" of health care?  Most jobs in health care require knowledge of medical terminology.  Be job ready! learn basic word structure, suffixes and prefixes, organization and body systems, and medical specialty terminology. The emphasis is on giving you the basic, essential language to function effectively as a member of the healthcare team. 24 hours

Patient Confidentiality

It's everyone's job, but not everyone's business! Patient confidentiality is protected by law and healthcare providers have the professional, ethical and legal obligation to protect it as well. Know which information you can or cannot discuss at the dinner table or at work, and the rules you must follow to be in compliance with the latest HIPAA privacy and security regulations. 3 hours.

PCT Orientation


Phlebotomy for the PCT

The art and science of drawing blood or phlebotomy is an important part of the role of many patient care technicians.  This course will include: skin puncture techniques, collection procedures, legal issues, safety concerns, infection control and quality assurance. Teaching methods include lecture and supervised hands-on practice in a simulated lab setting but does not include a clinical rotation.  30 hours.

Prerequisite: CNA

Rehabilitation Skills

This course will provide the necessary skills to properly handle patients and facilitate optimal health and rehabilitation in any setting, including home care and assisted living. Learn body mechanics; bed positioning; mobility and transfer skills; balance and wheelchair training in this energizing class.  You will have lots of hands-on practice in the simulation lab. 24 hours.

Prerequisite: CNA, HHA, MA or permission of the coordinator.

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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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