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Patient Care Technician


Patient Care Technician

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.


This non-credit accelerated training program combines 6-7 weeks of classroom instruction with 3-4 weeks of clinical practice. Classroom instruction involves a combination of face-to-face lecture and skill labs at an STLCC campus, as well as independent online activities. Hands-on skill labs include 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.

Now accepting applications for summer 2024 with BJC Healthcare!

Enrollment is highly selective, and seats fill quickly. Apply today to get started.

Get Started Today!

The PCT program is selective and delivered in collaboration with employer partners. Candidates must apply directly with the clinical partner to be considered for employment and training. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Apply directly with the clinical partner using the links in the Upcoming Classes table below
  2. Watch phone/email for communication
  3. The clinical partner will screen your application and notify you if you've been selected to interview

Upcoming Classes

We are accepting applications for the upcoming classes below. Use the application links in the table to apply with one of our training partners. 

Please note that classes may fill before the application deadline, so be sure to apply as soon as possible!

Start Date Clinical Partner Application Dates STLCC Campus Class Details Apply Online
June 3 Barnes Jewish (Central West End) April 22 William J. Harrison Education Center PCT BJH Flyer - June 2024 PCT Training with Barnes-Jewish Hospital
June 3 Barnes Jewish (Creve Coeur) April 22 William J. Harrison Education Center PCT BJWCH Flyer - June 2024 PCT Training with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
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Class Schedule

The PCT program is 9-11 weeks in length. Students should be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Clinical practice hours will include 12-hour shifts at a partnering hospital location. Please see below for more details.

  • Classroom Instruction (5-7 weeks): Mondays through Fridays. Classroom instruction from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at an STLCC campus followed by 3 hours of independent online activities. Skill labs take place one day per week from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at an STLCC campus.
  • Clinical Practice (3-4 weeks): Three 12-hour shifts weekly at a clinical partner location as assigned. May involve weekends.

Cost of Program

Funding is available for individuals selected for the program. Funding may require a 1-2 year employment commitment to the clinical partner.

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment for the PCT program is selective. All candidates that apply will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements. Candidates will be provided instructions to complete their eligibility steps after they have submitted their application and completed the online presentation.

Before you apply you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

After you apply you will be required to:

  • Complete the PCT online presentation
  • Register with the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry
  • Demonstrate academic and career readiness
  • Complete interviews with STLCC and clinical partner staff
  • Pass a criminal background check, drug screen panel, and physical exam with documented proof of immunizations or titers

Technology Requirements

The PCT training is currently being delivered in a hybrid format. Students will need the following technology to participate in the program.

  • Desktop or laptop computer with an updated operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux). NOTE: Cell phones will not be sufficient for completing the coursework requirements in this program.
  • External keyboard, webcam, and microphone.
  • Reliable, high-speed internet connection.
  • Updated Internet browser (Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).
  • Adobe Reader or alternative PDF reader (free).
  • Microsoft Office. Students have access to MS Office 365 for free with their student email.

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? Please contact the CE Call Center at 314-984-7777.

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