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Patient Care Technician


Patient Care Technician

Accelerated Job Training,
Professional Development

Offered through Accelerated Job Training

@ Forest Park | William J. Harrison Education Center | Corporate College

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work alongside nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. A patient care technician provides patient care under direct nursing supervision. Typical work activities include attending to patients’ comfort, hygiene and meals; checking temperatures and vital signs; helping patients keep room and beds clean; assisting with patient mobility; and reporting any changes in patients’ demeanor or agility to the nurses or physicians on duty. On this page you can find patient care technician course cost.

Program Contact

Nicole McMeans



Apply online for Patient Care Technician training

This non-credit accelerated training program combines 6-7 weeks of classroom instruction with 3 weeks of clinical practice. Classroom instruction, which includes hands-on lab exercises, is conducted at an STLCC campus or at an employer partner location. Classroom instruction also includes a Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support course through the American Heart Association. The clinical practice takes place at partnering hospital locations. This training program satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. A strict attendance policy is enforced throughout this training.

COVID-19 Update

Update as of April 10, 2020

Information sessions for the PCT program are now being offered online. Visit STLCC's COVID-19 page for more information. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we work to keep our community safe and healthy.

Get Started Today!

The Patient Care Technician program is continuing to enroll applicants, and has implemented new procedures to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. Candidates interested in the Patient Care Technician training program should complete an online application. They will be contacted within 1-2 business days at the email address provided on application with instructions to begin the remote enrollment process. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Complete your online program application.
  2. Watch your email for instructions to begin the remote enrollment process.
  3. Complete the online presentation and follow the instructions provided.

If you previously completed an application for the PCT program, please contact our staff by email to request your next steps.

Who Should Attend This Program?

Any individual, at least 18 year of age, interested in providing patient-centered services and employable as an unlicensed assistive personnel working in an acute care setting, should attend.

Cost of Program

Funding is available for individuals selected for the program through employers and/or a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.


Students should be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Clinical practice hours can include 12-hour shifts at a partnering hospital location.

Upcoming Classes

Start Date

Clinical Practice Location

Late Summer/Early Fall SSM Health - DePaul Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - St. Charles
Early Fall BJC HealthCare - Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Fall BJC HealthCare - Barnes Jewish Hospital
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Clinical and Field Work

Some degree and certificate programs offered by the college require students to obtain clinical learning experience as part of their course work. Hospitals and health facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check be conducted prior to placement in a clinical setting and as part of an employer’s screening process. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the clinical learning experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements, and/or ineligible for hire.

Contact Us

Questions? You may contact a member of the Healthcare Workforce Training team at nmcmeans@stlcc.edu.

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