Patient Care Technician training program

The Patient Care Technician diploma program at Dorsey Schools provides career training in a broad foundation of skills, preparing students for success in the healthcare field. A career as a patient care technician can be one of the most satisfying jobs an individual can pursue.

Patient Care Technician training in Michigan – medical & healthcare programs

The responsibilities of a patient care technician include caring for injured, physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living communities, physicians’ offices, long-term care or other medical facilities. Graduates who complete this specialized training from Dorsey Schools may go on to further advancement in the medical field, by way of becoming a certified Patient Care Technician.

The following are examples of some opportunities Dorsey Schools will present their students with while studying in our Patient Care Technician program:

  • The opportunity to develop the skills that are 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.
  • An externship with a local hospital, physician’s office, long-term care facility, acute care setting, or other medical facility is included in the last module of training to provide experience in a medical facility and for professional exposure

Patient Care Technician Duties:

Patient Care Technicians may enjoy stable employment in a fast-growing field. Standard duties associated with this position can include:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

Patient Care Technician Training Program

Since this profession is needed in many settings, you may have a variety of opportunities available to you after graduating from your Patient Care Technician program. Earning your diploma can help you launch a career in healthcare as a Patient Care Technician.

The Patient Care Technician diploma program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:

Patient Care Technician Career / Job Outlook:

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 11% from 2016 to 2026, which is 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

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What a Patient Care Technician Does
Becoming a Patient Care Technician
The Dorsey Schools Patient Care Technician program
Additional Information

What a Patient Care Technician Does

What type of work does a Patient Care Technician do?
Will I be able to find a job?
How much can I expect to make as a Patient Care Technician?
Are there other jobs I may be able to obtain as a Patient Care Technician?
Are there other career opportunities for Patient Care Technicians?

Becoming a Patient Care Technician

How might I determine if this is a good career choice for me?
I have no medical background/experience in healthcare – can I really do this?
Where do PCT's work?
What type of training is needed?
How long do I have to go to school?
What are important characteristics for Patient Care Technician to have?
Is Certification/Licensure required to obtain employment as a Patient Care Technician?

The Dorsey Schools Patient Care Technician program

What will be covered in the program?
Is your program hands-on?
What’s the externship and why is that important?
How long is the program?
Who are the instructors?
Why should I choose Dorsey over another school?
Which Dorsey campuses offer the Patient Care Technician program?
How do I enroll?
Does your program include certification?
Will your program prepare me for certification?
Is your school accredited?
What is the tuition for the program?
What is included in my tuition?
Is Financial Aid available?
Can you help me find a job after graduation?

Patient Care Technician program – Gainful Employment Disclosures

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please click here.


Additional Information

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Patient Care Technicians, info pertaining to Jobs as a Patient Care Technician, the work Patient Care Technicians do, etc.:

Dorsey Schools Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Patient Care Technician program: For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.

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a.Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited November 26, 2017).

b.Michigan 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), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).