Patient Care Technician

Program Objective

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.

Program Content

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Completion Requirements

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.

Employment Opportunities

  • Home health
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice Care

Employment Requirements

Certified Nursing Assistant License by the State of Florida.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $13.78 hourly or $28,660 annually.

Program Cost

  • 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

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 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.

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