Patient Care Technician
The Patient Care Technician Program’s mission is to facilitate productivity by preparing students for employment as advanced, cross-trained assistants in Nursing, Home Health, Electrocardiography, Monitor Technician, Phlebotomy Aide and Allied Health Assisting.
This program is designed to prepare students for employment as advanced, cross-trained nursing assistants (called Patient Care Technicians) Health Care Technicians, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies, Home Health Aides, Phlebotomist, Electrocardiograph Aides, or Allied Health Assistants and to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in any of these occupations. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the Nursing Assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.
- 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
- Occupational Interest
- Create update profile information on Focus
- Meet with a counselor
- No specific requirement for Information Technology
- Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The entire program is 600 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OSPs:
OCP A – Basic Health Care Worker: 90 hours
OCP B – Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated): 75 hours
OCP C – Advanced Home Health Aide: 50 hours
OCP D – Patient Care Assistant: 75 hours
OCP E – Allied Health Assistant: 150 hours
OCP F – Advanced Allied Health Assistant: 100 hours
OCP G – Patient Care Technician: 60 hours
Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 10th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE® test, or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.
Students are expected to complete program competencies.
- Home health
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Hospice Care
Certified Nursing Assistant License by the State of Florida.
According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Nursing Assistant was $28,660 annually or $13.78 per hour.
- In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
- Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
- $15.00 application fee per trimester
- Material fee – Varies by program
- Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
- Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
- Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.