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Patient Care Technician Program

Program Update

As of February 2023, the Operating Room Patient Care Technician (ORPCT) program is currently transitioning to the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program. The ORPCT program is no longer accepting new students at this time. Patient Care Technician will be offered in the near future. Additional details are coming soon.

Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program provides hands-on assistance in serving the basic needs of patients in a hospital setting. The PCT will perform bathing, feeding catheter care, safety checks, and ensure patient room cleanliness. The PCT will also obtain EKG readings, monitor vital signs, and provide phlebotomy procedures. Ethical decision-making will provide patient-centered care and compassionate support to families.

The program is designed to be completed within eight weeks and will be offered every semester.

Completion of the PCT program allows the student to sit for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician Exam (CPCT). The student will sit for the exam at College of DuPage during the last week of the program.

Pre-Enrollment Criteria

  • Nurse Assistant Training (NURSA-1105) with a grade of "C" or better, within three years of course start or, active CNA license.
  • Ethical Considerations in Health Care Industry (SURGT 1000) with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or concurrent enrollment in SURGT-1000 and consent of instructor

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.