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Louisiana Technical College

Patient Care Technician

CIP 512601
Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS),
Technical Competency Area (TCA)

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Description | Employment Opportunities | Cost

Mission and Program Description:

The Patient Care Technician certificate program prepares individuals for a variety of job opportunities in the health occupations areas and is generated to meet the need for cross training of employees in health care facilities. Graduates may find employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, laboratories, and clinics where basic bedside nursing skills are required, as well as the skills of phlebotomy, performing electrocardiograms (EKG), stress testing, and holter monitoring procedures. All OBRA skill standards are included into this competency-based curriculum. The program consists of classroom/lab instruction and supervised/preceptor clinical activities. Prior to clinical, the student must present a current CPR card for Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.

Upon successful completion of this competency-based program, students may be eligible to take certification exams in Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, and/or Patient Care Technician.

Length of Program:

27 Semester Credit Hours

Education Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED Required

Placement Exam Scores: Spring 2008 Program Placement Score Chart (PDF)
CTS (Fall 07)

COMPASS Scores: Read 70; Math 36; Engl./Writ. 33
ACT Scores: Read 15; Math 16; Engl./Writ. 14

Approximate Total Cost of Books and Supplies:

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Licensure/Certification: Certifications, as listed above,  may be earned upon successful completion of all courses

The objectives of the Patient Care Technician program is to provide training that will enable students to

  • Gain a working use of terminology, skill, and professional attitude needed for employment in the medical field.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic computer applications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of EKG principles and provide and acquire 45 hours of clinical externship under the supervision of a preceptor in a variety of health care settings.
  • Acquire supervised preceptor clinical hours in a variety of health care sites for practical experience with Phlebotomy principles.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of administrative procedures and records management.





An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.

Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.

The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.