Patient Care Technician: Online Certificate Program

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This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Learn the vital skills needed to provide compassionate care in a fast-paced environment. In this people-focused program, you’ll learn how to interact with patients, discuss sensitive medical procedures in an empathetic manner, and conduct essential clinical tasks. In just 6 months, you can earn your certificate and start working!

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Course length

446 hours

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Weekly time commitment

15-20 hours

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This Patient Care Tech program equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in healthcare as a valuable member of any patient care team. Students will gain a solid foundation in patient care principles, including vital signs monitoring, personal hygiene assistance, mobility support, and infection control. Upon completion, students will be equipped to provide compassionate care, support patients' physical and emotional needs, and maintain a safe healthcare environment. From there, students are qualified to pursue careers as Patient Care Technicians in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

Healthcare facilities are always looking to hire qualified employees who can effectively help and handle patients. Private hospitals, large healthcare networks, specialized healthcare providers, and government entities are some of the largest employers of PCTs.

Is this Patient Care Technician Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you passionate about providing compassionate care to patients and improving their well-being?  
  • Do you thrive in fast-paced environments, staying calm under pressure while multitasking effectively?  
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with nurses, doctors and other medical professionals?  
  • Are you physically fit and capable of lifting, moving and assisting patients with mobility challenges?  
  • Are you prepared for the emotional demands of the job, providing support and empathy to patients and their families?  
  • Are you seeking a career with diverse job opportunities in various healthcare settings, from hospitals to long-term care facilities? 

Career Paths

Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Home Health Aide
Medical Assistant
Rehabilitation Technician
Dialysis Technician