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. 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.

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 the Forest Park 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.

Information Sessions

Join us any Wednesday to learn more about the Patient Care Technician training program and to start the intake process. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Late entries will not be permitted past 1:15 p.m.

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 1 p.m. (lasts 2-3 hours)
Campus: STLCC-Forest Park
Building: D Tower, 2nd Floor
Room: D-210/D-211 (glass classroom within computer lab)

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 may be available for those selected for the program.


The classroom instruction is held at the Forest Park campus or an employer location. Students should be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Clinical practice hours can include 12-hour day shifts at a partnering hospital location.

Upcoming Classes

Start Date End Date Info Session Deadline Training Location Clinical Practice Location
Feb. 17, 2020 April 17, 2020 CLASS IS FULL STLCC-Corporate College St. Luke's Hospital or Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Mar. 30, 2020 June 5, 2020 CLASS IS FULL STLCC-Forest Park Barnes Jewish Hospital
May 2020   TBD STLCC-Corporate College Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Summer 2020   TBD TBD St. Louis Children's Hospital
August 2020   TBD TBD 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.

How to Get Started

Ready for PCT training? Complete your online application and attend an info session to begin the enrollment process. Download the fact sheet and intake checklist to learn more about this program and prepare for upcoming classes.

Contact Us

Questions? You may contact a member of the Healthcare Workforce Training team at If you would like to speak with a program representative about the details of a program, please apply now and attend an information session.

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