Patient Care Technician

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We are excited to announce that BHCLR has made an application to both the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) to begin a new one-semester program of study in January 2022, the BHCLR - School of Patient Care Technician. Upon full approval through ADHE and ABHES, the program will begin on January 3, 2022.

Patient Care Technicians, or PCTs, work under the supervision of nurses, advanced practice personnel, and physicians to provide direct patient care of basic needs, draw labs, and perform electrocardiograms.

Fast Facts

  • 1 semester (22 weeks) in length
  • Classes begin in January and July
  • Upon approval, this program will operate 4 days per week with no classes scheduled on Mondays.

Upon full approval through ADHE and ABHES, with successful program completion, students will be eligible to test for the following certifications through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT):

  • Patient Care Technician Certification
  • ECG Technician Certification
  • Phlebotomy Technician Certification

Application Requirements

Below are the minimum application requirements for the Patient Care Technician program. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to turn in all required items for the program application process. Any additional requirements will be listed on your MyBHCLR portal. The application and file completion deadline for January 2022 entry* is December 1, 2021.

  • Application and file completion process must be completed by the designated deadlines.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have GED and submit an official high school or GED transcript.
  • Must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, if any.
  • Submission of official ACT scores with a minimum composite score of 16 and a minimum of 16 or above in each subset. BHCLR “superscores” the ACT by using the highest subset score from each test to calculate your composite score.
*Upon full approval through ADHE and ABHES.


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You will be in class 4 days per week.

We are working towards federal student aid for PCT students in 2023.  For students who enroll in Spring 2022, the program cost will be a flat fee of $1,000.00. Vouchers will be provided for books and uniforms. BHCLR does have a payment plan available through NelNet. NelNet is a tuition management plan that provides you with a low cost option for budgeting tuition and fees. It is not a loan program. There are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The only cost to budget through NelNet is a $25 per semester non-refundable NelNet enrollment fee. Additional information is available here

Cost for Fall 2022 are still to be determined.

Bethany Griffis
PCT Admissions

The Baptist Health School of Patient Care Technician requires an ACT Composite Score of 16 or above and a 16 in each subset for admission. If you do not score 16 or above and a 16 in each subset, we suggest that you re-test. Many applicants also use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT. Generally, students are able to increase their score with each time they take the ACT. For information on ACT residual testing on the BHCLR campus, click here.

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