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Patient Care Technician Training

Next class group starting Late Spring 2015, please monitor this site for application information


The Patient Care Technician is the most successful accelerated job training program offered by the Workforce Solutions Group. The program has key local industry partners, strong enrollment/demand and an outstanding job placement rate of 86%. Our industry partners include two of the largest hospital systems in the region-BJC Healthcare and SSM Healthcare with St. Luke’s Hospital being recently added as a third partner.

Patient Care Technician TrainingProgram Notables

To date 111 students have completed the program, with 95 of them finding employment with one of the program’s industry partners. This reflects a current placement rate of 86% overall for the program. The program is currently funded through Training for Tomorrow, a state community development block grant and Graduate St. Louis, a U.S. Department of Labor grant. With the current funding streams, there is no cost to qualifying students to attend the training.


This industry-specific program, which combines five weeks of intensive classroom instruction with three weeks of clinical practice, prepares individuals for entry-level positions as patient care technicians in local hospitals. The training also satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. Classroom activities are conducted at St. Louis Community College while the clinical portion of the training takes place at the partnering hospital sites. The Workforce Solutions Group works with the program’s key hospital system partners to incorporate each of their core values and mission to their customized programs.

Applicant Screening

St. Louis Community College works with each of its industry partners to establish applicant screening criteria. Applicants must meet all screening and testing requirements. These include an extensive background check, drug screen, proof of immunizations and a physical exam, ability to lift up to 50 pounds, along with acceptable scores on a battery of WorkKey job skills tests. Applicants also should have a GED or high school diploma. Those who complete the program successfully will have interview opportunities with the partnering healthcare employers.


The training program requires a full-time commitment for eight weeks from the participants. The hours of instruction are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since the program involves on-site clinical sessions at area hospitals, availability of reliable transportation is also a consideration for students entering the program.