Patient Care Technician

Program Objective

The Patient Care Technician program prepares students with the knowledge and hands-on training required for patient care related careers. Upon successful completion of the program students are prepared to perform entry level technical and personal care skills for patients in nursing homes, hospitals, healthcare or medical facilities. This program opens doors for students to work as Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomists and EKG technicians. Graduates from the Patient Care Technician Program are eligible to sit for Patient Care Technician national certification examinations.

Program Description

The program provides 600 hours of training to students in all of the relevant areas of education and practice required for a Patient Care Technician professional. The curriculum includes education in medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; nurse assisting; occupational therapy; radiology; respiratory and geriatric skills; advanced home health aide needs; HIV/AIDS; blood borne pathogens; OSHA; CPR and First Aid training. The program provides 174 hours of laboratory practice where the students gain the required proficiency in the skills necessary for this profession. Students participate at a clinical externship in a medical office for 80 hours and demonstrate their nursing assisting skills in a 40-hour clinical practice at a nursing home or long-term care facility. After completion, graduates from the Patient Care Technician Program are prepared to challenge the state examination and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and are also eligible to sit for Patient Care Technician national certification examinations.

This program is offered in two modalities for the convenience of students: onsite and hybrid.

Onsite Modality

Students receive all instruction at the school’s campus.

Hybrid Modality

Students enrolling in the hybrid modality will complete online work weekly and attend classes on-campus three days a week. Online weekly work consists of assigned theory instruction and activities for the week to be completed through the learning platform. On-campus weekly activities include theory review and laboratory hands—on practice depending on the courses taught each week. Diverse Training Center online learning is provided on an asynchronous modality, which means students have the flexibility to complete the online assignments in a self-paced manner as long as they are submitted by the weekly submission deadline. With this modality, students complete their work and connect with instructors and peers on their own schedule. Asynchronous learning gives an opportunity to working students to study without while attending to their employment responsibilities.


The program includes an externship of 120 hours where students have the opportunity to work under supervision in real world situations.


Upon successful completion of the program students receive a diploma.


This program has a duration of 600 hours. Full time students complete the program in 24 weeks.

2024 Program Start Dates

Enrollment Deadline
Start Date
Estimated Graduation Date
August 1, 2024
August 1, 2024
January 27, 2025
October 28, 2024
October 28, 2024
April 28, 2025

Contact us today for additional information and to schedule an appointment with our admissions advisor at 786-773-5112.

Other Costs: Level II Background check $85, School uniform $35, Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test $35, ID $5.