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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician/Emergency Room Technician Certificate


Patient Care Technician (PCT)  is a highly trusted profession and a vital part of the healthcare system. A PCT can have a direct impact on people’s lives and health. Careers as a PCT offer diverse opportunities and excellent earning potential. PCT’s work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse and are  trained to perform a variety of tasks including: 

  • Basic clinical skills 
  • Patient hygiene 
  • Vital signs 
  • Blood collection 
  • EKG’s 

Upon completion of the Patient Care Technician Program, you would be  qualified for jobs in the following areas: 

  • Nursing Assistant/Acute Care Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician/Emergency Room Technician
  • Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician/Cardiac Monitor Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician Certificate at Edmonds leave our program with extensive classroom and skills lab training, as well as hands-on experience in a healthcare simulation setting. There is tremendous demand for PCTs, and graduates are able to quickly find employment in this field!

Career Outlook

patient care technicianAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of patient care technicians is projected to grow 19% between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The job outlook for these positions is growing due to the long-term care needs of the increasing elderly population. Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com

Academic Planning 

The Patient Care/Emergency Room Technician requires a  minimum of 44 credits as outlined OR a minimum of 36 credits with documentation of a valid CNA license in Washington state which eliminates the requirement of AHE 162 and 164 and typically takes 4 quarters to finish.  Here is a recommended academic plan if you are beginning in fall quarter (September).  If you are beginning at a different time of the year, please contact an advisor to assist with your academic plan.

Fall quarter

Course Title Credits
AHE 110 Human Body 5
AHE 115 Basic Life Support/CPR 1
AHE 116 Intro to Health Care 4
BSTEC 104 Medical Terminology 3


Winter quarter 

Course Title Credits
AHE 141 or AHE 148 Phlebotomy Technician or Clinical Lab Assistant Fundamentals 
AHE 162 Basic Patient Care Skill 6
AHE 164 CNA-Clinical Externship 2


Spring quarter

Course Title Credits
AHE 112 EKG/Cardiac Monitoring/Telemetry 5
AHE 119 Electrocardiography Tech Externship 1
AHE 130 Acute Care Nurse Assisting 3
AHE 131 Acute Care Nursing Assistant Externship 1
One elective     


Summer quarter

Course Title Credits
AHE 132 Emergency Room Technician 5
Electives to complete credits    

Clinical Experiences/Externship Requirements 

Participation in a clinical experience requires proof of vaccination for common infectious diseases including influenza and COVID-19. The Clinical Passport outlines the immunization requirements, please download a copy and keep it in a safe place. The CPNW-Clinical Passport Tutorial provides an overview of each section of the document and will take about 30 minutes to complete. If you have additional questions after completing the tutorial, please contact an Allied Health faculty advisor.

Background checks are also required to participate in clinical externships and need to be completed before registering for a clinical externship class. A list of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions is provided by the DSHS Secretary. If you have any concerns please contact an Allied Faculty advisor.

All immunization and criminal background checks for allied health programs go through our online databank system CastleBranch. To place an order, enter package code EE78. The cost is $96.


For program information and questions please contact our Patient Care/Emergency Room Technician  program advisors:

Terri Glazewski | terri.glazewski@edmonds.edu | 425 640 1691

Erika Ferreri | erika.ferreri@edmonds.edu | 425 640 1924

Brent Leithauser | brent.leithauser@edmonds.edu | 425 640 1369

Krystal Nash | krystal.nash@edmonds.edu | 425 640 1242

Next steps:  Certificates, AAS-T and BAS degrees

Students who want to continue their studies in healthcare may apply the Patient Care Technician coursework towards additional Allied Health certificates, our Allied Health  associate degree and our Integrated Healthcare Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree: 

Patient Care / Emergency Room Technician graduates interested in the next steps along the nursing pathway should consider the following certificates and degrees: