• Medical Training Institute of New York
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Patient Care Technician


Patient Care Technician Program at the Medical Training Institute of New York prepares the student to work in a hospital, Assisted living, or long-term care environment under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. This one-semester course prepares the student to work in a hospital, assisted living, or long-term care environment under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. Students are trained to perform clinical skills such as monitoring and recording vital signs, assisting with mobility and activities of daily living, basic respiratory care, obtaining specimens, heat and cold applications, pre-and post-operative care, and other tasks related to direct patient care.

What is the Difference Between a Patient Care Technician and a Certified Nurse Assistant Advanced?

The Certified Nurse Assistant Advanced Program and the Patient Care Technician Program consist of EKG, Phlebotomy, and clinical lab skills.

Certified Nurse Advanced: The student will begin with the Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum and end with EKG, Phlebotomy, and Clinical Lab Skills.

Patient Care Technician: If the student already holds a Certified Nurse Assistant certificate and only has to take EKG and Phlebotomy and Clinical Lab Skills.

What does a Patient Care Technician do?

Patient Care Technicians provide basic healthcare to patients in hospitals or other medical facilities. They’ll keep the patients’ rooms clean, sanitized, and orderly each day. Patient Care Technicians will regularly visit patients to monitor their health and vital signs, administer medications prescribed by Nurses or Physicians, provide emotional support before and after treatments and assist patients in completing basic tasks like eating, using the restroom, or grooming themselves.

They’ll typically assist Physicians or Nurses during treatments and explain treatment methods and prescribed medications to the patient and their families. If the Patient Care Technician notices any changes in the patient’s health after the treatment, they’ll notify the Physician or Nurse.

Patient Care Technician duties and responsibilities

  • Checking patients’ blood pressure, heartbeat and pulse regularly
  • Providing compassionate care by listening to patients’ concerns and guiding them by answering any questions or concerns
  • Monitoring patients’ conditions and providing updates to the healthcare team
  • Turning, repositioning, and moving patients between beds, wheelchairs, and seats
  • Helping patients use the bathroom and dress
  • Monitoring patients’ food and liquid intake
  • Escort patients to get X-rays and other imaging tests


This course prepares students to collect blood for laboratory analysis. Students learn medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control safety, communication, and professionalism. Phlebotomy provides opportunities for students to perform routine vein punctures, routine capillary punctures, and special collection procedures. Phlebotomy technicians also perform glucose testing and specimen collection. A phlebotomist is a health care professional specially trained to draw blood. The blood is used to test for conditions based on a physician’s orders, although it can also be used for a transfusion, research, or donation. Some typical duties of phlebotomists include:

  • Greeting blood draw patients and explaining the process to them
  • Ensuring patients’ intake paperwork is correct and complete and that their identity is clear
  • Calming patients if they are nervous
  • For pediatric patients, preparing distractions, special toys, and smaller needles.
  • Sterilizing and organizing all equipment according to procedures and protocols
  • Conducting the blood draw
  • Following all special instructions on patients’ order forms
  • Labeling and adequately storing the sample
  • Properly disposing of used needles and bandages
  • Making sure the patient has no adverse reactions
  • Inventorying equipment
  • Sterilizing and cleaning the area for the next patient

Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is sometimes only with the phlebotomist. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as blood drives where people donate blood. To avoid causing infection or other complications, phlebotomists must keep their work area and instruments clean and sanitary.


EKG technicians are healthcare professionals who perform diagnostic tests that help doctors identify cardiovascular problems in patients. The tests can help discover any irregularities in the heart that could lead to a heart attack or heart disease. They work primarily in hospitals but can also work in long-term specialty care facilities or private practices. The EKG technician explains the test to patients before conducting them. Once the patient is on the machine, the technician monitors heart performance and the patient’s blood pressure. Other duties include:

  • Execute EKG services according to the hospital’s procedures
  • Maintain EKG equipment and any required inventory needed to run tests
  • Perform related administrative tasks, including recording results, filing, and data entry
  • Attend additional training programs as required by the healthcare system, including safety procedures
  • Perform and schedule EKG tests

Program Summary

Admission Requirement: GED/High School Diploma


  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Safety and Health
  • Introduction to EKG
  • Practice on Mannequin
  • Live Practice
  • Infection Control, OSHA & Universal Precautions
  • Introduction to Phlebotomy
  • Venipuncture Procedures: Practice on Mannequin & Live Practice
  • Career Development Skills and Management Skills
  • Job placement assistance
  • Patient Care Technician Exam Review and NHA Exam Preparation
    • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
    • Certified EKG Technician (CET)
    • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)


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Those Considering Nursing

If your goal is to become a nurse, starting out as a Patient Care Technician is a great opportunity to explore the nursing field. You'll get the chance to work alongside Physicians, RNs, and LPNs in a variety of healthcare settings, earning invaluable experience and skills along the way.


Aspiring Medical Professionals

Working as a Patient Care Technician gives many of us our first taste of working in the medical field. You might gain inspiration to continue that career path and get a more in-depth understanding of the medical world. It's okay to share this desire with your interviewer. It shows your dedication to the field and a willingness to learn


Job Stability

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects approximately 174,000 job opening for Patient Care Technician each year between 2019 and 2029. An aging population, along with a nationwide nursing shortage across all levels of nursing, translates to a high level of job stability throughout the end of the decade


Length of Curriculum: 160 Clock hours

The 160 clock hours of the Patient Care Technician Program consist of 100 hours Didactic, 50 hours Simulation Lab, and 10 hours NHA Exam Preparations.

Program Type Learning Modality Hours
Patient Care Technician
  • Didactic
  • Simulation Lab
  • Exam Prep
  • 100
  • 50
  • 10
Total Hours 160

This course is also part of our Patient Care Specialist Program—consisting of Certified Nurse Assistant, EKG, Phlebotomy and Dialysis Technician—Available for $2,600.

Interested in mastering Patient Care Specialist Program? LEARN MORE


After completing this program, graduates will have the opportunity to take New York State Board and leading national/industry-recognized certification examination(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant by New York State Board
  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
  • Certified EKG Technician (CET)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) by NHA


Program Curriculum

Curriculum Summary

Units Modules Clinical Lab Skills Takeaways


  • Theories of basic human needs
  • Diversity
  • The resident, resident's family, visitors(others)*
  • The health care team
  • Micro organisms
  • The process of infection
  • Medical asepsis
  • Universal Precautions
  • Exposure control
  • OSHA
  • Environmental
  • Resident risk factors
  • Accidents and incidents
  • Disaster plan
  • Responding to emergency codes
  • Fire safety
  • Choking and Heimlich maneuver
  • Physical effects of aging process
  • Abuse.
  • Respect of all personal belongings
  • Restraint safety
  • Hand washing
  • Using an ABC fire extinguisher
  • Heimlich Maneuver
  • Applies waist restraint
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Core Values)
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures, incl. Heimlich maneuver
  • Promoting Residents' Independence
  • Respecting Residents’ Rights
  • Maintaining care & security of resident's personal possessions
  • Avoiding the need for restraints
Units Modules Clinical Lab Skills Takeaways


  • The Respiratory and Circulatory Systems
  • Taking and recording respirations
  • Taking and recording temperatures
  • Taking and recording radial pulse
  • Measuring/recording height
  • Measuring/recording weight
  • Components and care of the resident's environment
  • Include during admission, discharge, transfer
  • Isolation Precautions
  • Types of Patient/Resident Isolation
  • Bedmaking
  • Measure and record respiration
  • Measure and record oral temperature using a non-digital thermometer
  • Measure and record rectal temperature using a non-digital thermometer;
  • Measure and record radial pulse
  • Measure and record height;
  • Measure and record weight using balance scale and chair scale
  • Makes an unoccupied bed
  • Make an occupied bed;
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) - disposable gloves, gown, goggles and mask;
  • Follows isolation
  • Taking and recording vital sign
  • Measuring and recording height and weight
  • Caring for the resident's environment
  • Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of reporting such changes to a supervisor, including, but not limited to,.
    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid respirations
    • Coughs
    • Chills
    • Difficult or painful urination
    • Pain in chest or abdomen
  • Freedom from pain
    • Pain management
    • Recognizing and reporting pain
  • Care of the Dying Patient/Resident
  • Care of dying patient/resident


  • Experience Faculty and Staff
  • 100% Medical and Healthcare Programs
  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment’s
  • State-of-the-Art Classrooms
  • All instructors are Practitioners as well as Instructors in their field
  • Workshops to enter the Workforce
  • Guaranteed Internships/Externships (Hands on Training)
  • Affiliated with top Hospitals and clinics
  • Career Development Skill
  • Job placement Assistant

Total Program Cost:

Program Patient Care Technician
Hours 160
Registration Fee $100
Tuition $1,600
Technology Fees $150
Clinical Lab Fee $220
Total Program Cost $2,070


Registration Fee:

A non-refundable Registration Fee of $100 was due during registration to reserve a seat.

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Clinical/Lab Fee

Clinical/Lab Fee is used to cover the cost of Liability insurance policy and student lab operations and to provide students with Liability Insurance at clinical rotation internship sites.

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Technology Fees:

Technology Fee provides students with Online Learning Resources, the learning management system, and the student portal.

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Students are required to purchase all textbooks on their own. Textbook costs are estimated at $350.

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Uniform Fee:

Students are required to purchase MTI logo scrubs on their own. MTI logo scrubs can be purchased from the school bookstore or online at portal.mtiofnewyork.com/stores.

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Tuition for the Patient Care Technician Program is $1,600, and a total cost of $2,070.00 for the entire program, with tuition payments due as follows, and the non-tuition fees, are non-refundable once classes have begun (see Refund Policy below):

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Quarter Hours Cost Per Quarter
1 160 $2,020

Schedule of Sessions


Morning Classes

The Morning program will be 4 hours per day Monday- Friday.

20 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks.

1:00 PM- 5:45 PM

Afternoon Classes

The Afternoon program will be 4 hours per day Monday- Friday.

20 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks.

6:00PM- 10:15PM

Evening Classes

The Evening program will be 4 hours per day Monday- Friday.

20 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks.

10:00 AM- 7:15 PM

Weekend Classes

The Weekend program will be 8 hours per day Saturdays and Sundays,

16 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks