Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician

Accelerated Job Training,
Professional Development

Offered through Accelerated Job Training

@ Forest Park

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work alongside nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. PCTs provide 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.

Program Coordinator

Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline



Apply online for Patient Care Technician training

This 9-week non-credit accelerated training program combines 6 weeks of classroom instruction with 3 weeks of clinical practice. Classroom instruction, which includes hands-on lab exercises, is conducted at the Forest Park campus. 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.

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 will be provided for those selected for the program.


The classroom instruction is held at the Forest Park campus. Students must be available for classroom hours Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Clinical practice hours include 12-hour day shifts at a partnering hospital location.

Program Calendar

Start Date End Date
Jan. 15, 2019 Mar. 15, 2019
Mar. 4, 2019  May 3, 2019
Apr. 22, 2019 June 21, 2019
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Clinical and Field Work

Some degree and certificate programs offered by the college require students to obtain community health service 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 community health service learning experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements, and/or ineligible for hire.

How to Get Started

Download the fact sheet and intake checklist to learn more about this program and prepare for upcoming classes.  After completing your online application you will be prompted to schedule an information session.

  1. Download PCT Fact Sheet
  2. Download PCT Intake Checklist 
  3. Complete an online application
  4. Schedule and information session

Contact Us

Call the Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline at 314-539-5900 to hear announcements about program information. If you would like to talk with a program representative about the details of a program, please apply now and attend an information session.

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