Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Certificate Program   Approved for WIOA funding. 
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. 

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

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. Uniform 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.

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.

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.

Payment Plan with the CNA course
Payment Plan without the CNA course

How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC


Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Patricia A Targett
203-575-8253 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K408
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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