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Patient Care Technician
Do you want the opportunity to obtain a job working closely with patients to ensure their daily needs are met? The Patient Care Technician program prepares you for a job in a variety of settings with skills such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography, drawing blood, and other procedures to assist with critical day-to-day care some patients require.
Median Patient Care Technician Salary in Indiana
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4,206 Annual Job Openings
projected through 2020
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2020).

Patient Care Technician students have the opportunity to learn real-world, hands-on skills to become a valued, multi-skilled healthcare team member. As a patient care technician you will assist patients with day-to-day activities, maintain safe patient environments of care, take vital signs, perform electrocardiography (EKG), collect blood and other lab specimens, and assemble equipment/supplies in preparation for various diagnostic or treatment procedures by physicians and nurses. Since patient care technician’s work with patients and other members of the healthcare team on a daily basis, solid communication skills, empathy, and attention to patient needs are paramount.

Patient care technicians are employed in settings including hospitals, continuing care communities, rehabilitation units, and dialysis centers. Students in the patient care technician program have the opportunity earn state and national credentials within program courses with no additional out-of-pocket expense above and beyond tuition.

The program consists of stackable certificate, technical certificate, and associate degree options and may be completed either full-time or part-time basis.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.


(18 credit hours = 1-2 semesters)

Technical Certificate

Technical Certificate
(36 credit hours = 3 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Completion Guides

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Applied Science - Patient Care Technician

Technical Certificate - Patient Care Technician

Program Locations

Patient Care Technician programs offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.