Patient Care Technician

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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
  • This program will operate 4 days per week with no classes scheduled on Mondays.
  • Application Deadline: May 1 for July start and November 1 for January start; File Completion Deadline: May 15 for July start and November 15 for January start
  • Graduates from the BHCLR PCT program receive preferred admission status for the BHCLR Nursing and Practical Nursing programs.

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 July 2022 entry is May 1, 2022 with a file completion deadline of May 15, 2022.

  • 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.


The Patient Care Technician (PCT) role differs from the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) role in level of specialized skill. A PCT is able to perform Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and Phlebotomy procedures as well as assist in certain procedures, such as sterile procedures and dialysis.

Often, CNAs work in long-term care facilities and PCTs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical offices, rehabilitation units, urgent care units, and  intensive care units.

This program offers a structured learning environment, full-time faculty members, a variety of student support and dedicated preparation for your certification exams.  Graduates from the program will be eligible to sit for certifications in Nationally Certified Patient Care Technician, Nationally Certified Electrocardiogram Technician, and Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician upon completion of your program. 

This formal program of study will also be a great introduction for students who may be interested in nursing, practical nursing or other allied health programs.

The certified employee stands out in the crowd with their knowledge, skills and initiative to do the work required to be certified.  This becomes a benchmark for employers to recognize you over other applicants. 

Our program is unique because we provide the skill and knowledge to our students to qualify for testing in three certifications upon completion of our program. Our students are able to test for nationally recognized certifications of:

  • Nationally Certified Patient Care Technician
  • Nationally Certified Electrocardiogram Technician
  • Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician

This triple certification opens more doors of opportunity to our graduates. 

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You will be in class 4 days per week.

BHCLR’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) program has an exciting announcement!

Qualified students have the opportunity to receive 100% of tuition and fees paid in exchange for a signed, one-year work contract with Baptist Health Medical Center – Little Rock or Baptist Health Medical Center – North Little Rock.  

For more information or questions about the PCT Program, please contact Courtney Walthall.

Earnings for Patient Care Technicians vary and depend on many factors including work setting, years of experience and geographical location. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

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