Patient care technician programs prepare graduates to work as entry-level PCTs or patient care technicians. PCTs can perform a variety of roles and functions including providing basic care for patients and assisting them with their activities of daily living. They can work in various settings and work environments such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities.

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Students of patient care technician programs usually need to undergo classes that would provide them with both the education and training that they need before practicing. They may also be required to take practical exercises and training both in the medical laboratory and in the real world such as in an actual hospital or healthcare facility. Most patient care technician programs can be completed within six months, more or less, depending on the school that is offering the program. After completing the course or program, an individual can then opt to take a certifying exam to become a CNA or a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Some of the career options that individuals who have taken a patient care technician program can go for include becoming a hospital attendant, a nurse assistant, a clinical support associate or a nurse's aide.