Selective Admission: Patient Care Technician

What does "selective admission" mean?

PCT is a selective admission program. You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to apply to our program.

You will submit 2 applications:

  1. TCC general application
  2. PCT-specific application—if you are eligible

Am I eligible to apply?

Check to see that you have met the following eligibility requirements.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

No minimum GPA required for this program.

High School Diploma or GED

You must have a high school diploma or GED.

Minimum Age Requirement

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age in order to attend the clinical portion of the program.

TCC Student ID Number

First, you must apply to TCC.

Apply online with ApplyTCC (use Firefox or Chrome for the best experience)

Once you are accepted as a student at TCC, you will get a TCC Student ID number.

You need a TCC Student ID number for your application to PCT.


Admission to TCC does not automatically guarantee admission to the PCT program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must:

  1. Meet the selective admission requirements listed below
  2. Submit a separate program application to PCT

Placement Test Requirements

You must meet 1 of the test requirements:

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The TSI is the state-approved placement test offered at TCC.

You must be TSI complete.

Questions?  Find out more about the TSI at TCC


Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

The TABE is a computer-based test that assesses skills and aptitudes in reading, math, and English.

You must earn a score of 10 or higher.

Questions?  Find out how you can take the TABE at TCC

CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

We require that you submit a copy of your current CPR BLS card from the American Heart Association with your application to the program.

Performance Requirements

During your time in our program and throughout your career, you must meet these performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare.


The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards (PDF)Listen require that all students in health-related programs complete the following immunizations before applying to programs where patient contact is a component.

If you know you will be applying to our PCT Program within the next year, you will need to start these now because some will take up to 6 months to complete the series.

In order to be eligible to apply, you will need to have proof that you have completed the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDaP)
  • Rubeola / Measles, Mumps, Rubella / German Measles (MMR)
  • Varicella

Note: Titers showing positive immunity to the diseases will be acceptable.

You will also need to complete a Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-Ray and the TB Questionnaire (PDF)Listen.


TCC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations, but clinical facilities may, so you are required to comply.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

If you are accepted to our program, you need to be prepared to meet the following additional requirements–before the first day of class.

New PCT Student Orientation

Attend this 1-day orientation session to get tips for success and to the program and to learn about program expectations.

Location, time and date details will included in the acceptance letter.

Health Requirements

Before starting our program:

  • Physical Exam: Get a physical exam
  • Influenza Immunization: Get a flu shot
  • CPR Certification: Have current American Heart Health Care Provider CPR Certification
  • Health Insurance: Have health insurance throughout the program
    • TCC does not offer College-sponsored student health insurance.
  • Immunization Tracking System: Submit your health-related documentation:
    • Physical exam record
    • Tuberculosis screen results
    • Required immunization records
    • Proof of health insurance coverage

Drug Screening & Criminal Background Check

Screening and background checks are at your expense. No exceptions.

After being accepted to the program—but before classes begin—you must undergo and pass:

  • Drug Screening
    (urine drug screening)
  • Criminal Background Check



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Fall & Spring Hours
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Summer Hours
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Trinity River Campus East

Patient Care Technician (PCT) & Vocational Nursing Programs

Visit TRHN 3211

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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


Updated May 03, 2024