Patient Care Technician

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Important Announcement: Baptist Health College Little Rock will postpone the start date for the BHCLR – School of Patient Care Technician Program to July 5, 2022. Applicants who submitted applications for the Spring 2022 semester will remain active and be considered for the inaugural class in July 2022. The PCT program will continue to accept applications for July 2022 through May 1, 2022. Up to 25 selected applicants for July 2022 may receive 100% of tuition and fees 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 see the program information below or contact Courtney.Walthall@baptist-health.org

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.
  • Must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, if any.
  • English Composition I with “C” or greater.

OR

  • 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.

FAQS

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. 

Click here to apply now!

You will be in class 4 days per week.

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

Upon ADHE and ABHES approval, our inaugural class for the BHCLR – School of Patient Care Technician will begin on January 3, 2022.  Up to 25 selected applicants for January 2022 may receive 100% of Tuition and Fees 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.

Bethany Griffis
PCT Admissions
admissions5@bhclr.edu

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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