Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Training at NHTI BTC

Become a Patient Care Technician

Patient care technicians play a critical role at healthcare facilities, assisting with inpatient treatment and helping provide quality of life. The 100% online course will prepare you to work as a patient care technician.

Job Outlook for Patient Care Technician

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that patient care professionals, including nursing assistants and orderlies, earn a median annual salary of $28,000.
  • The BLS also estimates that job opportunities in the patient care field will grow by 8% by 2028.

FAQs about Patient Care Technicians

Patient care technicians help care for patients in healthcare facilities, which include hospitals, medical offices, and long-term care facilities. Specific patient care duties may include:

  • Helping patients get in and out of bed
  • Assisting with patients or mobility
  • Tracking patient progress
  • Listening to patient concern and communicating these to the primary care provider
  • Checking vital signs and collecting samples

Essentially, patient care technicians and nursing aids perform the same duties in a healthcare setting. However, patient care technicians may also work under doctors and physical therapist in addition to nurses.

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to patient care, legal issues in healthcare, standard precautions and infection control
  • Medical terminology, physical examination, patient positioning, bed mobility, range of motion
  • Therapeutic exercises, gait, assistive devices, orthosis and prosthesis, transfer techniques
  • Wound care and pressure sores, wheelchair management, patient care competency, special topics

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take the course.


  • Introduction to patient care
  • Infection control and standard precaution
  • Legal issues in healthcare
  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Physical assessment and examination
  • Patient positioning and bed mobility techniques
  • Range of motion
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Gait
  • Assistive devices
  • Orthosis and prosthesis
  • Transfer techniques
  • Wound care and pressure sores
  • Wheelchair management
  • Patient care competency
  • Special topics


Jacqueline Garcia is a certified postsecondary professional instructor (CPPI), specializing in patient care education. Beyond actively training future patient care technicians, she develops academic content and curriculum for a number of programs.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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