Patient Care Assistant/Technician

​​Patient care technicians/assistants work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, wound care centers, nursing homes, home care agencies or long-term care facilities and physician’s offices.

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals rely on patient care technicians/assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients.

The routine tasks of a PCT include:

  • responding to patient calls and requests for assistance
  • bathing and dressing patients
  • assisting with personal hygiene
  • serving meals
  • monitoring/recording vital signs

PCTs are required to observe, record and report temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rates, a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional condition.

A patient care technician must also be able to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), collect blood samples (phlebotomy) and perform other clinical duties.

A Look Inside Patient Care Technician Video

Would you like to earn credit towards becoming a Certified Patient Care Technician?

Consider Dallas College's Patient Care Technician Certification Program, which can be completed in less than a year.

Patient Care Technicians work under the supervision of a healthcare professional to provide basic patient care in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, nursing homes, home care agencies, and physicians' offices.

Routine tasks of a patient care technician include responding to patient calls and requests for assistance, bathing and dressing patients, assisting with personal hygiene, serving meals, and monitoring and recording vital signs.

So why choose Dallas College?

As a student, you'll have access to our dedicated faculty and staff who care about your success, guiding you on your pathway towards earning a certification in healthcare.

Visit our website today for more information and begin your journey at Dallas College.

Patient Care Assistant (CE Skills Award)

Courses Required:

  • NUPC 1020 - Patient Care Tech/ Assistant I
  • NURA 1091 - Patient Care Tech/Assistant II

Patient Care Technician (CE Skills Award)

Courses Required:

  • NURA 1001 - Nurse Aide for Health Care
  • NURA 1060 - CNA Clinical
  • ECRD 1011 - EGK Technician
  • PLAB 1023 - Phlebotomy Essentials
  • NURA 2005 - Patient Care Technician Review

​​​​​​​Important: Check the CE schedule​ to verify if and when the class is currently being offered.

How To Search​:

  • ​View the CE schedule.​​
  • Select the semester you wish to register for.
  • Select the prefix of your desired course (example: HRPO).
  • Results for the course numbers, sections and times will be displayed for that semester.​​

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HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. 

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