Patient Care Technician Certificate (PCTC)

(CIP Code 513902)

38/39 Semester Hours

The Patient Care Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare graduates with skills and knowledge necessary to seek entry-level employment in the healthcare field. This program will provide a foundation in basic patient care, phlebotomy, cardiac care, anatomy and physiology, healthcare careers, communication skills, and healthcare technology.

About Program and Eligibilities

The PCTC program is offered over three semesters. To progress in the program to the next semester, students must successfully complete all courses in the previous semester with a grade of “C” or higher:

  • Upon successful completion of the first semester, the student may be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. Once the student completes this exam and is listed on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry, the student can seek employment as a Certified Nurse Aide in South Carolina.
  • Upon successful completion of the second semester, the student may be eligible to take the following credentialing exams: Certification of Phlebotomy Technician – PBT (American Society for Clinical Pathology) examination and/or Registered Phlebotomy Technician – RPT (American Medical Technologists). The student can seek employment in hospital settings, clinical facilities, and physicians’ offices.
  • Upon successful completion of the third semester, the student may be eligible to take the EKG Technician Certification (CET) exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The student can seek employment performing ECGs and basic cardiac monitoring in a healthcare setting.
  • Upon successful completion of all three semester courses, the student may eligible to take the National Certification exam for Patient Care Technician from the National Health career Association (NHA).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
    • Perform essential Patient Care Technician skills necessary to provide safe patient care.
    • Utilize basic communication skills and professional behaviors necessary to function as a member of a healthcare team.
    • Perform basic technology skills needed to support the provision of quality patient care.

Instructional Delivery

Instructional delivery may include traditional classroom, online learning, hybrid/blended learning, hybrid simulation, virtual reality learning, and clinical experiences. The scheduling of clinical experiences may vary throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Meet the general admission requirements and graduation requirements for all Health Sciences students listed at the beginning of the Health Sciences program section of this catalog.
  • Graduate from an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate. the Registrar must have receipt of all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions) by assigned deadline.
  • Completion of all developmental and prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Submit a completed physical examination form provided by the Health Sciences Division.
  • Submit documentation of current health status according to program requirement.
  • Submit documentation of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification through the American Heart Association. Online certification/recertification is not accepted.
  • Submit information and fees for background checks and toxicology screenings by the designated deadline conducted through a vendor specified by the College.


Students will be accepted as they submit completed applications to the program manager until all seats are filled. Students who have obtained a certificate of completion in any healthcare related continuing education training and/or currently listed as active on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry may be eligible to enroll in the PCTC program. Approval must be obtained from the Dean of Health Sciences.

Progression Standards – After Program Entry

After admission, failure to meet the following progression standards will result in suspension from the program.

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 program GPA in program courses.
  • Successfully complete all components of a course (theory and clinical) to pass the course. Students who fail to complete a component will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the time in the semester and are not eligible to receive a “W” or “WA”.
  • Complete all program courses with a grade of “C” or higher. Student may repeat a program course one time only, space available. Students may petition the Dean of Health Sciences for special consideration to repeat a program course more than one time.
  • Maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification through the American Heart Association. Online certification/recertification is not accepted.
  • Maintain current documentation of health status according to program requirement.

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

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AHS 102 Medical Terminology 303

AHS 105 Medical Ethics and Law 202

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

NUR 102 Basic Nursing Care Skills 44.52.5



AHS 131 Computers in Healthcare 303

AHS 141 Phlebotomy for the Health Care Provider 303

AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum 5121

BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 433



AHS 119 Health Careers 303

AHS 165 ECG Applications 592

AHS 177 Cardiac Monitoring Applications 462



3934.527.5Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science

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Program Contact

Ardis, Mary Jo Dean, Health Sciences
  • Email:
  • Office: H102B
  • Phone: (803) 778-7825
  • Fax: (803) 774-3033
  • Extension: 425