Polk Education Pathways

Patient Care Technician

This program prepares students for employment as Patient Care Technicians. It offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long-term care settings.

The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

If you have any questions related to this program, contact Wendy.gutierrez@polk-fl.net.


This occupation has an average wage of $12.21 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Patient Care Technician:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
HSC0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker 90
HCP0121  B Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 75
HCP0332 C Advanced Home Health Aide 50
HCP0020 D Patient Care Assistant 75
HSC0016 E Allied Health Assistant 150
MEA0580 F Advanced Allied Health Assistant 100
PRN0094 G Patient Care Technician 60
TOTAL HOURS 600
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Clinical times and dates vary.