A patient care technician aids doctors, nurses and other medical professionals by tending to ill and injured individuals under their supervision. This often entails taking notes on patient care, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, performing catheterization, and assisting patients with every day tasks like eating, hygiene, grooming, and making assessments on their care.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Patient care
  • Vital signs measurement
  • Phlebotomy
  • Dialysis
  • Patient assistance

Career Options

Most program graduates work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important health care tasks such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. They usually work full time in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, or extended care facilities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Patient Care Technician Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others
Problem-solving skills