The aging population is causing demand in the health care profession as a whole. Positions for patient care technicians will be available in facilities for the elderly and other settings.
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Students will learn all of the basic bedside nursing skills required for the Certified Nursing Assistant.
Beyond the basics, students learn urinary catheter insertion and care, sterile dressing, as well as how to perform venipuncture and bedside testing.
Student gain clinical experience in both long term care facilities and acute care settings.
Requirements for the PCT program
- At least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or a GED
- A physical exam by a doctor or nurse practitioner and proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases and a two-step PPD (TB test)
- Pass a criminal background check with a clear record for seven years and no history of violent crimes.
- Pass (negative results) a 10-panel drug screen prior to the start of clinicals.
- Obtain two-year CPR - must be Health Care Provider Adult/Child/Infant, American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross
Patient Care Technician
Certificate in Applied Science
This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a position as a patient care technician, which is an unlicensed, assistive person working under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. The program is offered in day and evening formats and is completed in one semester.
- Day classes are offered at the Barton, Brashier (Simpsonville) and Northwest Campus; and evening/Saturday classes at the Northwest Campus.
- During Summer Term, day classes are available at the Northwest and Barton campuses.
Within the PCT program, students are prepared for success on the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam, which they are eligible to take for up to two years after completing the PCT certificate.
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In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. The Career Talk presentation for Patient Care Technician is conducted online. Click the link below to view the presentation.
Career Talk presentation for Patient Care Technician (pdf)
The Patient Care Technician program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.
How to Register for the PCT Program
Once you have completed the college application process, contact the Program Coordinator or Administrative Assistant (see contact information on the right side of the page) to be referred to an advisor for registration in the PCT program.
The advisor will discuss your placement test scores with you and assist you in registering for any courses you need to meet requirements.
Students may not self-register for PCT courses, but if requirements are met, the advisor will complete your registration.
You will need to pay a $100 deposit at the business office prior to registering for the PCT program as well as complete the PCT Program Letter of Intent
An orientation session is required prior to starting classes in the Patient Care Technician program. Details about this session will be provided at the Registration Session with your advisor.
Special note about financial aid
Because this certificate program requires only 10 credit hours, students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (i.e., Pell grant and federal student loans). However, South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance is available for eligible students.
- In order to receive S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance for a semester, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA Waiver Form must be submitted on or before the last day of classes for that semester.
- Please note that S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance will only cover a portion of your total tuition costs.
- For additional financial assistance, students can also apply for private loans through Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan or South Carolina Student Loan Corp Palmetto Assistance Loan. For more information regarding your financial aid award, please visit our Financial Aid office at McAlister Square.
- Tuition - 10 credit hours (see tuition and fees chart)
- Book - $170.75
- Supply kit - $149
- Lab fees - $40
- Uniform - for size small top - $23, pants - $23 (price increases with increase in size of uniform)
- Shoes - around $40
- Physical - varies
- Immunizations - varies
- CPR - varies
- Deposit - $100 - includes
- Drug screening
- Health Stream pre-clinical
- Background check
- CNA exam - $101 (for those taking the test)
(Please note: Bookstore prices are subject to change.)
Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.