Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) Certification — MedCerts

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23 Weeks

Program Length

2.5 Million

10 year Job Growth

$34,000

Avg. Starting Salary1

Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority National Healthcareer Association

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is one of the nation’s largest allied health certification providers. Since 1989, the NHA has helped thousands of schools across the nation produce better professionals and better program outcomes. Individuals who pass their certification exam will be recognized as Nationally Certified Healthcare professionals and will earn credentials to use with their name, a certification ID card and a certificate. To be eligible to earn an NHA certification, a candidate must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent and be at least 18 years of age.

CPCT Certification Detail

More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock and a Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) has a diverse range of knowledge and skills vital to that care. Earning your Patient Care Technician credential and passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) PCT exam will set you up for success. 

Disclaimer* Graduates of this program are strongly encouraged to pursue supervised administration of Phlebotomy and EKG tasks required for certification. These are additional requirements after obtaining employment in the field as a prerequisite to gaining certification as a Certified EKG Technician (CET) or a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and are not included in this program.

MedCerts Programs for CPCT Certification 1 matches

Selecting the Right Training Option Program Comparisons

MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.

MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.

CPCT Certification. Skill Gained

  • Gain knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the responsibilities of basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc.
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Recognize the importance of special care, concerns and settings
  • Understand EKG readings and monitoring vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures, lab tests, blood glucose tests and exercise/nutrition/diet monitoring
  • Understand the responsibilities of communication and professionalism
  • Administer medication, assist with minor procedures, handle laboratory specimens
  • Assist doctors and nurses with physical examinations

CPCT Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

Home Health Aide

A Home Health Aide helps individuals who are disabled, elderly, or chronically ill with daily tasks, such as dressing, washing, and light housekeeping.

$21000 - $34000
Estimated Salary1

highest Paying

Personal Care Aide

A Personal Care Aide provides care for adults, including elderly and disabled people, in their own homes.

$24000 - $67000
Estimated Salary1

highest Paying

Certified Nursing Assistant

A Certified Nursing Assistant provides hospital and nursing home patients with basic care and assists them with daily activities.

$23000 - $35000
Estimated Salary1
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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