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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.


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
7:45 AM - 2:45 PM