Patient Care Technician Online Certification Training — MedCerts

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24 Weeks

Program Length

CPCT, CET, CPT

Certifications

$37,000

Avg. Starting Salary1
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What does a Patient Care Technician do?

The care of patients involves not only treating disease and injury, but also illness prevention, restoring wellness through rehabilitation, caring for the chronically ill and educating patients and families. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians to assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require. This may include anything from bathing and feeding patients to performing EKGs, blood draws or assisting physicians with procedures.

300,231
Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Patient Care Technicians will see available jobs grow 38.6% over the next ten years
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

Patient Care TechnicianMedCerts Tuition Options

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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.

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HI 7000 Patient Care Technician

Throughout the Patient Care Technician certificate program, you will learn how to assist physicians and nurses by providing basic and advanced clinical duties in a virtual medical environment. The program covers subjects such as anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, medical communications, medical records, patient preparation, medical terminology, safety and compliance and basic laboratory procedures and tests compiled into five courses taught over 24 weeks. Throughout the program, you will learn a wide variety of fundamental clinical tasks designed to set you apart in the competitive job market. 

Upon completion of this program, you’ll have met the training requirements to sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) exam which is sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 

As a certified Patient Care Technician, you’ll work alongside other healthcare professionals in hospital settings, physicians’ offices, nursing homes or long-term care facilities to provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs.

Career Services and Experiential Learning Support*

MedCerts Careers Services Advisors work with local, regional and national employers to find Experiential Learning opportunities for students during and after their MedCerts program. Our primary goal is to find full-time job placement for every student. If immediate employment is not an option, our team will work with students to find Experiential Learning opportunities to provide hands-on experience. Typical Experiential Learning options include job shadowing experiences, volunteer opportunities, externships or internships. Experiential Learning allows us to tailor our efforts to what works in each healthcare market to match the needs of employers and students.

*MedCerts does not guarantee an experiential site for every student. Placement in experiential learning is dependent on many factors including, but not limited to, the location of the student.

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

skills 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 and handle laboratory specimens
  • Assist doctors and nurses with physical examinations
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • eBook: Phlebotomy Worktext and Procedures Manual
  • eBook: Electrocardiography for the Healthcare Professional
  • eBook: Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
Length
2 Week
Duration

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
Length
6 Week
Duration

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 6011

Phlebotomy

64 hours
Length
4 Week
Duration

Phlebotomy is a comprehensive course with insight and focus on specimen collection for diagnostic testing in the healthcare facility, providing foundational knowledge required of an allied healthcare professional. Video-based lessons include fundamentals of phlebotomy with emphasis on infection control, safety, communication skills, patient care and preparation, venipuncture equipment and supplies, specimen collection, handling, transport and processing.

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. Simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key phlebotomy skills performed in a medical facility. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout training.

  • Recognize the importance of infection control and safety compliance with diagnostic testing
  • Understand the responsibilities of teamwork and communication skills in the healthcare setting
  • Appreciate the role of the Phlebotomy Technician in patient care, preparation and venipuncture
  • Identify proper organization and utilization of specimen collection equipment and supplies
  • Gain an understanding of blood and non-blood collections, handling, transport and processing
HI 6012

Electrocardiography

64 hours
Length
4 Week
Duration

Electrocardiography is a comprehensive course with insight and focus on diagnostic cardiac testing in the healthcare facility, providing foundational knowledge required of an allied healthcare professional. Video-based lessons include the fundamentals of electrocardiogram performance, Holter monitor application and assistance with stress testing. An emphasis is placed on cardiac arrhythmias. Patient care, preparation and monitoring are addressed along with standard precautions and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging education. Simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key electrocardiography skills performed in a medical facility. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout the training.

  • Appreciate the role of electrocardiography in the healthcare setting
  • Understand the responsibilities of patient care and monitoring, safety and compliance
  • Gain an understanding of the use of appropriate electrocardiography equipment and supplies
  • Understand diagnostic cardiac testing to include electrocardiograms, Holter monitors and stress tests
  • Recognize arrhythmias and artifacts with appropriate responses required
HI 7011

Fundamentals of Patient Care

128 hours
Length
8 Week
Duration

Fundamentals of Patient Care is a comprehensive course that focuses on the current and evolving role of patient care in the healthcare setting.  Video-based lessons include fundamentals of patient care, compliance and safety, professional responsibility, infection control, basic emergency care, patient assessment and vital signs, and grooming/hygiene.   Topics related to specific patient-types are also be addressed, including caring for older adults, pediatric, and special needs patients.  The course also details the importance of teamwork in the healthcare environment and breaks down the various roles that professionals fill as it relates to patient care whether through supporting chronic conditions, emergency, or end-of-life care. 

Students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging learning experience.  Clinical simulations will provide the student opportunities to practice key clinical skills performed in a medical facility.  In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment and inspiration throughout the training. 

  • Appreciate the role of patient care in the healthcare setting
  • Recognize the importance of safety and compliance
  • Understand the responsibilities of communication and professionalism
  • Gain an understanding of assistance with activities of daily living
  • Recognize the importance of special care, concerns and settings
COURSES DURATION
PS 1011 2
HI 1014 6
HI 6011 4
HI 6012 4
HI 7011 8
Total Program Duration 24 Week

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