Patient Care Technician Bootcamp

Start a rewarding career caring for people in need. Our flexible, engaging learning environment gives you the knowledge and skills you need to fast track your career in healthcare.

As a patient care technician, you’ll play a critical role in the day-to-day care of patients, assisting doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

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Program Length

16 Weeks



Avg. Starting Salary


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Become a Patient Care Technician in 16 Weeks

Help patients when they need it the most. As part of the patient care team at hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices, you’ll support patients and their families throughout their care journey.

  • Assist with patient admission and discharge
  • Measure and record patient vital signs
  • Assist providers with exams and procedures
  • Ensure quality patient care and comfort
Weeks 1

Begin instructor-led bootcamp

Weeks 2

Get on-the-job clinical training as apprentice

Weeks 3

Pass clinical competency checklist

Weeks 4

Earn industry-recognized certification

Weeks 5

Land a Job

Weeks 6

Continued support from mentors and coaches.


Ensure quality patient care and comfort

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration and payment
Cost & Included Materials

Cost & Included Materials

  • $3,450
  • Instructor-led video-based training
  • eBooks: Elsevier – Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician, 2nd Edition
  • CPCT exam fee
Student Services

Student Services

  • Mentorship from expert coaches
  • CPCT Certification Exam Prep
  • 6-month post-program access to career coaches

What Will I Learn?

Our patient care technician bootcamp prepares you with the knowledge and skills you need to land a job in one of healthcare’s most in-demand roles. Our goal is to help you earn the industry recognized CPCT certification, empowering you to work in a variety of clinical settings.

  • Course 1: Introduction to Healthcare
  • Course 2: Understanding the Patient
  • Course 3: Safety
  • Course 4: Patient Assessment
  • Course 5: Patient Care and Comfort
  • Course 6: Blood Specimen Collection and Testing
  • Course 7: Surgery and Immobility
  • Course 8: Special Care Concerns and Settings
  • Course 9: EKG

Download the syllabus to view all courses and requirements.

Preparing for the Patient Care Technician Certification Exam (CPCT)

Our online training program and expert coaching prepares you for the nationally-recognized patient care technician certification (CPCT) provided by the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA).

Career Possibilities for Patient Care Technicians

Patient care technicians play a critical role in many medical teams and settings. The demand for these occupational experts is growing, providing immediate and diverse job opportunities. Health Tech Academy’s patient care technician bootcamp prepares you to work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and a variety of other healthcare settings.

Patient care technician supporting patient recovering from hospital stay


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Patient care technicians working in hospitals provide medical services during patient stays and visits. Job responsibilities may include collecting fluid or specimen samples, monitoring vital signs or EKG signals, and keeping patient rooms clean and sanitized.

Average Annual Salary: $35,190

Patient care technician working with resident at long term nursing facility

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

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Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

The elderly population is growing and so is the demand for patient care technicians in nursing homes and residential care facilities. Working under the supervision of a nurse, PCTs may assist with patient hygiene and transportation and monitor for changes in behavior or eating habits.

Average Annual Salary: $31,520

Patient care technician providing patient care in a skilled nursing facility

Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities may include inpatient rehabilitation and medical treatment centers providing transitional care. Patient care technicians will support patients recovering from illness, injury or surgery by helping them regain the ability to perform daily activities, such as personal hygiene, dressing, walking, and getting in and out of bed. The goal is to get patients well enough to go home.

Average Annual Salary: $32,090

Patient care technician providing care to patient in her home

Home Health Care Services

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Home Health Care Services

Home health patient care technicians provide basic health-related services to patients with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Under the direction of medical practitioners, daily tasks may include measuring vital signs, such as pulse, temperature, and respiration rate, helping with medical equipment, and changing bandages or dressings.

Average Annual Salary: $29,930

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*All salaries according to 2021 estimates released by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.




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Job ready in 16 weeks



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Gain the knowledge and skills you need for a job in healthcare – and the confidence to transform your career.


Certified Patient Care Technician Program Comparisons

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Program & Tuition Cost $3,450 $2,000 to $10,000/year $2,000 to $10,000/year
Books, Materials & Fees Included + $500 to $2,200 + $500 to $2,200
Certification Exams & Fees Included + $100 to $200 + $100 to $200
Job Ready Timeline 4 to 6 months 4 months to 2 years 4 months to 2 years
100% Online
Schedule Flexibility
1-on-1 Coaching & Mentorship
Job Placement Assistance
Clear Path to Certification
No Travel Requirements

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Patient Care Technician Training Program FAQs

What do Certified Patient Care Technicians (CPCT) do?

Patient care technicians provide critical day-to-day patient care, supporting doctors and nurses in a variety of clinical settings. CPCTs may be asked to provide basic patient care, perform safety checks, and monitor vital signs.

What is CPCT certification?

A Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) is the nationally recognized certification for patient care technicians. Some states require certifications, while others do not; however, most employers prefer, if not require, CPCT certification.

Is a Patient Care Technician different from a Nursing Assistant?

All patient care technicians are nurse assistants, however not all nurse assistants are patient care technicians. Patient care technicians have additional training to provide more advanced care than nursing assistants, which results in a wider scope of job opportunities.

Can anyone take the patient care technician certification exam?

No, there are criteria you must meet to be eligible for the NHA’s CPCT exam. You must have your high school diploma or GED and you must complete an eligible training program, such as Health Tech Academy’s Patient Care Technician Bootcamp. Students who complete our program are eligible and well-prepared for the certification exam.

How do I get my CPCT certification?

Upon successful completion of the Patient Care Technician Bootcamp, students should apply for the exam provided by the National Healthcareer Association.

Are patient care technicians healthcare professionals?

Yes, patient care technicians are healthcare professionals. They play a vital role in patient care team, providing hands-on care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors’ offices.

What technology do I need to complete Health Tech Academy’s patient care technician training program?

Our patient care technician training program is online, so you’ll need access to a computer, as well as a reliable internet connection.

How long is the patient care technician training program?

Health Tech Academy’s patient care technician training program is self-paced but designed to be completed over the course of 16 weeks. (That’s significantly less than many patient care technician training programs!)

Will the patient care technician bootcamp help me get a job?

Absolutely! Certified patient care technicians are in high demand and Health Tech Academy’s team of career coaches are here to support you through the certification process, resume building, and mock interviews. With our efficient, engaging learning environment, you’ll be ready to land a job in a matter of weeks.

How much do patient care technicians make?

Salaries range based on certification status, experience, and location. The average annual salary of a patient care technician is $33,250. Completing Health Tech Academy’s certified patient care technician training program can help improve your earning potential by giving you in-demand knowledge and skills, career mentorship, and prepare you to obtain the industry-recognized CPCT credential.

Do I need healthcare experience to start the patient care technician training program?

No, you do not need healthcare experience to begin. Our training program is suitable for all learners and will provide you with the skills and confidence to launch your healthcare career as a certified patient care technician.


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