Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Quick Facts

Patient care technicians (PCT) work with patients, their families, and their health care team. PCTs focus on 3 main areas of health care: helping patients, recording health information, and collecting samples.

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Job Titles & Career Info

Our Program

Why Choose Patient Care Technician (PCT)?

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Work directly with patients and as part of a health care team
  • Draw patients’ blood as a phlebotomist
  • Take heart tracings as an EKG technician
  • Work alongside nurses to help patients with activities of daily living
  • Choose from a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities

Marketable Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

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Selective Admission

PCT is a selective admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our PCT program.

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Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

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Degrees & Certificates


Level 1

Related Programs

Credit Programs
Continuing Education Programs

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2024–2025 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT1 Patient Care Technician 15 $1,035


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Our PCT program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce.

Continue your studies later?

After completing our PCT program and working in the field, you may choose to continue your education to step up the career ladder.

Explore some of our related programs to get an idea of what you can do:

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
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Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Trinity River Campus East

Patient Care Technician (PCT) & Vocational Nursing Programs

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Call 817-515-2339

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Mailing Address

245 East Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Divisional Dean of Nursing

Nikolaos Moraros, Ed.D., MSHSA, MSN, RN, PHN


Assistant Dean of Nursing, PCT & Vocational Nursing—Workforce

Karen Heard, DNP RN


Administrative Support Specialist I

Gina Kramer

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Updated April 18, 2024