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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician Associate of Applied Science

Program Overview

​Patient Care Technicians or PCTs work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care environments. The responsibilities of a patient care technician include caring for injured, physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living communities, physicians' offices, long-term care or other medical facilities. 

The Patient Care Technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program offers opportunities to individuals interested in entering the health care field and to those currently employed in the field who wish to seek additional credentials to complement their current skill set.​​​ Successful students will obtain three certifications and will have the opportunity to test for a fourth and a fifth certification.

Graduates who complete this specialized training from Saint Paul College may go on to further advancement in the medical field, by way of becoming a certified Patient Care Technician. ​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online, tradition​al in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab​s on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​​

Program Highlights

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to function as a member of the health care team
  • How the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance regulation impacts workers in the health care industry
  • How to interact with clients, their support persons, and the health care team using appropriate communication techniques
  • How to institute and maintain principles of infection control
  • Professional and ethical conduct for the workplace

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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  • Career Settings

    • Hospitals
    • Long Term Care Facilities
    • Health Clinics

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below.

    For more information please go to www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

    Patient Care Technician AAS

    • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitian State University

  • Additional Benefits

    ​Employment of similar occupations, such as nursing assistants and orderlies, is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be​ needed to assist and care for elderly patients.​​​

  • Program Advisor

    ​Brendan L. Ashby

  • Meet the Faculty

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