Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant

Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant

Medical Academy is proud to offer the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant program. A Patient Care Technician/Assistant is skilled in a variety of hands-on medical procedures commonly used on a day to day basis in patient care and work side by side with other health care professionals. With completion of this program and 120 hours of clinical internship, you will be given the opportunity to sit for the certification exam.

Certification Process

The Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) is an entry level certification that teaches students in 6 specific content including topics such as:

  • Patient Care
  • Safety
  • Professional responsibilities
  • Infection Control
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKGs

Students gain certifications through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Job Description

As a Patient Care Technician your roles include assisting in examination and treatment of patients, measuring vital signs and monitoring health, collecting samples, recording information in patients' charts, and preparing treatment rooms for examination.

  • Providing basic patient care (bathing, feeding, catheter care) and accommodating the special needs of patients
  • Acquiring, distributing and administering patient care supplies
  • Preforming safety checks and ensuring cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Serve meals and feed patient
  • Monitor and recording vital signs/changes in patient health
  • Collecting laboratory specimens
  • Preforming EKG and phlebotomy procedures along with other clinical tasks
  • Providing emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death
  • Assist the physician or nurse with therapies


  • Employment of CPCT/A’s is expected to grow 17% from 2014 to 2024
  • Having a nationally accredited certification, like CPCT/A, can help you move up in the career laddering medical field
  • Elevated roles may include those of Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Practitioner

To learn more about the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant program, download the Program’s brochure.

Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant Program Brochure