Patient Care Technician | Technical College of the LowCountry

Patient Care Technician


The Patient Care Technician is able to work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospital, office, and long term care facilities.  If you enjoy direct patient care utilizing diverse skill sets, then the 305 hour Patient Care Technician Program is for you!

Be Sure You Meet Course Requirements before Applying. See full Patient Care Tech (PCT) Course Requirements.

The TCL Patient Care Technician Program consists of Principles of Patient Safety, Medical Terminology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), CPR, Electrocardiogram (ECG), and Simplified Phlebotomy course work.  Students who successfully complete the CNA and ECG courses  are eligible to sit for the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and National Healthcareer Association ECG certification exams respectively.  Upon successful completion of the PCT program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association PCT certification exam.

Students have the option to take the Advanced Patient Care Technician (PCT-Adv.) track by taking the 115 hour Phlebotomy course in place of Simplified Phlebotomy.  Successful completion of this course enables the student to sit for the National Healthcareer Association Phlebotomy Technician exam.

Students registering after February 1, 2018 will be required to complete Principles in Patient Safety.  This 24 hour class will become a part of the PCT curriculum at that time.  Total student contact hours will be 329 after February 1, 2018.

Students may pay for each course as they register, thereby making the Patient Care Technician Program an affordable option to a rewarding career!!

Prior to paying for tuition, students must:

  • Make an appointment to meet with Cynthia Gray (843-525-8368).
  • Take WorkKeys Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading For Information. All 3 tests are free.  Testing is offered at Beaufort County Adult Education located at 1300 King St., Beaufort, SC.  Testing is available Monday through Thursday.  Please arrive before noon.
  • Pass a criminal background check ($26)


Cynthia Gray

Allied Health Coordinator

843 525-8368

Continuing Education

Bldg 22, Rm 105