Patient Care Technician

Aides helping senior patients walk and spend time outdoors

Multi-skilled nursing assistants and orderlies perform basic patient care.


Patient care technicians or nursing assistants may care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and private homes. They have a broad range of duties including feeding, bathing, and walking patients, making beds, assisting patients in their daily living activities, drawing blood, and performing 12- lead electrocardiograms. The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program completion requires 600 hours or six months of training.

Career Opportunities:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Nursing Aides and Orderlies
  • Home Health Aide
  • Phlebotomist
  • Electrocardiograph Aide
  • Allied Health Assistant

Employment Outlook:

Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8% percent from 2020 to 2030.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $14.82 hourly or $30,830 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 600 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker90 Hours
OCP BNurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)75 Hours
OCP CAdvanced Home Health Aide50 Hours
OCP DPatient Care Assistant75 Hours
OCP EAllied Health Assistant150 Hours
OCP FAdvanced Allied Health Assistant100 Hours
OCP GPatient Care Technician60 Hours
Total Hours: 600

Location & Course’s Schedule:

Patient Care Technicians is available at the following school (s):

Hialeah Adult Education Center Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

Hialeah Adult Education Center
(305) 822-1500
Maria Lopez
John Miranda
Gillian Carrasco
Ext. 2210
Ext. 2238
Ext. 2917



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