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Patient Care Technician Program

The Patient Care Technician diploma program at Dorsey Schools provides comprehensive classroom education and practical hands-on experience that are earned in the supervised clinical hours of the program’s externship component. Students enrolled in this program will receive thorough training in the skills required of a patient care technician, which include electrocardiograms (ECG), phlebotomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), among others.

  • The opportunity to develop the skills necessary for providing quality patient care in a variety of medical settings
  • Training in infection control, pharmacology, and procedures for administering medications
  • Exposure to the structures of the body, common diseases, treatments, and laboratory tests and coverage of medical terminology

Prior to graduation, students enrolled in this program will take part in an externship with a local hospital, physician’s office, long-term care facility, acute care setting, or other medical facility.

  • Dearborn Campus
  • Farmington Hills Campus**
  • Madison Heights Campus
  • Roseville Campus
  • Southgate Campus
  • Waterford-Pontiac Campus
  • Wayne-Westland Campus

** Please note: The Farmington Hills Campus is not accepting new students at this time.

Patient Care Technician Career Outlook

Patient Care Technicians may enjoy stable employment in a fast-growing field. Standard duties associated with this position can include taking and recording patient vital signs, recording health histories, collecting lab samples, assisting with patient hygiene, safety and comfort, in addition to phlebotomy and blood glucose testing, performing ECGs, and more. Jobs in this field are most commonly found in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities.

  • Patient Care Technician jobs are among the fastest-growing in the healthcare field. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies (positions that can be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 17% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.a
  • In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of nursing assistants (positions that can be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 9.7% from 2014 to 2024. Employment of orderlies (positions that can also be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 8.8% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Patient Care Technician program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become a valued professional in the healthcare field.

  • Advanced Homecare
  • American House – Riverview
  • Bay Human Services
  • Beechwood Manor
  • Care Homes Plus
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Hutzel Hospital
  • Family Circle Home Care
  • Providence Hospital
  • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
  • St. John Providence Hospital
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Vibra Hospital
  • Windemere Park Senior Community
  • …and more!

Why Choose Dorsey

    Dorsey Schools is a respected post-secondary institution, having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan since 1934. At Dorsey Schools, you’re not just a number. You have specific goals; goals that are unique to you as an individual and as a student at Dorsey Schools, we’re going to work hard to help you reach those goals. Our instructors and administrators know students individually and they care about each individual student. In addition, our schools are designed to help students throughout their time with us from the Admissions process through Financial Aid to Career Services, our administrators are readily available. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have a strong commitment to our students and the communities in which they live and work.
  • Small Class Sizes: Many of our lecture classes have a maximum of a 30:1 student to teacher ratio (some may be up to 40:1, it varies by campus), and most lab classes have a maximum of an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, allowing students to receive personal attention and the one-on-one guidance needed for success.
  • Quality Instructors: Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated and committed to our students’ success. Every Dorsey Schools instructor meets or exceeds State of Michigan and accreditation criteria, guidelines, and qualifications. It’s not uncommon for Dorsey students to see their instructors as their coach and mentor throughout their studies.
  • Hands-on Training: We provide our students with program-specific curriculum dedicated to assist them in learning the skills needed for that specific career. Learning at Dorsey Schools often takes place in both lecture and lab settings allowing students the ability to practice the skills they are learning. Many of our programs also include an Externship prior to graduation, designed to model the work environment students may experience upon Graduation.*
  • Short-Term Training Programs: Many of the programs at Dorsey Schools can be completed in a year or less, allowing you to complete your training in a relatively short period of time.**
  • TEN Convenient Campus Locations: We have TEN campus locations (Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Madison Heights, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Taylor, Waterford-Pontiac, Wayne-Westland) prepared to assist the people of Michigan develop skills needed for exciting new career opportunities. Each of our campuses has a dedicated staff available to help you throughout your studies.
  • Convenient Class Schedules: We realize our students are busy and often juggle commitments outside of school. As a result, we offer Day, Afternoon, and Evening classes*** designed to fit your schedule.
  • Tuition Planning: Each of our campuses has Financial Aid Representatives available to meet with students and discuss financing options. We realize the Financial Aid process can be difficult to understand, but our team will help students understand the process and options available to them. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Career Services: Each of our campuses has Career Services professionals dedicated to offer employment assistance to all eligible graduates. In addition, Dorsey Schools has developed relationships with employers in Michigan which, when coupled with the job search skills students learn, creates positive employment possibilities for our graduates. Dorsey Schools is your Career Connection™.

*Programs vary by campus
**Completion time varies by program
***Availability varies by campus

aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), (visited July 11, 2016).