Patient Care Technician Certificate Program

Take your career in the medical field to the next level.

Program Type



Delivery Method

On Campus


Course Length

8 Months

Program Objective

This certificate program will prepare you to work as a capable entry-level patient care technician (PCT). At Pima Medical Institute, you will learn the skills needed to perform well in this role and contribute to a medical team. Gain knowledge on bedside care and vital healthcare procedures such as emergency room protocols, phlebotomy, electrocardiography (ECG) and hemodialysis. Strong communication skills and empathy are important for a PCT’s line of work as they interact with patients, patients’ families, nurses and doctors.

All Locations

Find this program at one of the following Pima Medical Institute campuses.

Careers as a Patient Care Technician

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

Clinical Externships

At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.

In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors, and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.

Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

Career Prep Sequence

CSK 100
Study Skills*
CAT 150
Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology*
CCB 100
Computer Basics*
CMF 95
Math Fundamentals*
CHS 100
CPR & First Aid*

Emergency Room Sequence

PHL 110
PCT 120
Emergency Room Technician
PCT 130
General Systems Pathology
PCT 100
Infection Control

Electrocardiography (ECG) Sequence

PCT 140
PCT 135
Specific Systems Pathology
PCT 110
Medical Documentation

Hemodialysis Sequence

AP 110
Renal Anatomy and Physiology
PCT 150
Principles and Practice of Hemodialysis
PCT 155
Hemodialysis Equipment and Water Treatment
PCT 105


PCT 180

Interested In Starting This Program?

Find out more about our Admissions Requirements or view our How to Apply page.

Success Is Within Reach

We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.

“Shortly after completing my CNA, I began the PCT program. I became so passionate and didn’t want to miss a day. My externship was at a hospital emergency room and I really enjoyed it and the nurses trusted me. After graduating, I was hired at Banner Heart Hospital as a monitor technician and I fell in love with EKGs.”

Taylor Diaz, Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Technician Graduate

Pima Medical Blog

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Disclosures And Accreditations

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