August 10, 2017 James Revillini

Certified Patient Care Technician

Certified Patient Care Technicians (CPCTs) work in hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities, assisted-living and nursing homes. They provide safe and appropriate basic patient care, as delegated by a licensed nurse, to assist patients in achieving established outcomes. They perform comfort measures; assist patients with activities of daily living (e.g. basic hygiene, toileting, nutrition); collect data points (e.g. vital signs, EKGs, pulse oximetry, phlebotomy, blood glucose monitoring) provide information utilized in assessment; perform direct patient observation; report changes in patient conditions and reinforce patient education.

You may qualify for WIOA course financing assistance.

Certified Patient Care Technician Application

Complete the application, then scroll to the bottom of this page for ways to submit and register.

Certified Patient Care Technician Application

This program is offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Employment Outlook

Starting salary for a CPCT can be in the $14–16 per hour range. CPCTs may work nights, weekends, evenings, and or holidays, but are usually paid a differential for working off hours or holidays. The need for CPCTs is expected to grow at a faster than average rate through 2026.

Certified Patient Care Technician Program Description

This program is designed for entry-level students or for certified nurse aides or LPNs who want to add to their skill set. The CPCT Certificate can help you advance your skills, increase your earning power, and provide you with opportunities within the health care sector. CPCTs provide direct patient care and are valued members of the health care team in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics and long-term care facilities.

To earn the CPCT Certificate from Tunxis, you must successfully complete the following:

  • Certified Nurse Aide program (or provide proof of current CNA certification or LPN licensure)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician program (must be taken at Tunxis)
  • EKG & Pulse Oximetry course (must be taken at Tunxis)
  • Healthcare Provider CPR (must be taken at Tunxis)

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the CPCT program. This course is taken during the Certified Phlebotomy Program.

Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.

Time Commitment

This is a 3-to 5-month course that meets for 275 hours, two to three days per week (depends on courses taken). Classroom instruction and lab is held at the college; clinical is held at facilities within our college service area.

  • CNA Program – offered 2 days per week, Monday evenings for lecture, day, evening or Saturdays for lab/clinical. (Essential Job Skills & Career Development offered during this course)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Program – offered during the day (Mondays & Tuesdays) & evenings (Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays) (Essential Job Skills & Career Development offered during this course)
  • EKG & Pulse Oximetry – offered on 5 consecutive Thursday evenings
  • Healthcare Provider CPR – offered once a semester during the day

Payment Information

Total cost for the CPCT program is $4,363. Without the CNA Program, cost is $3,024 (Prices subject to change).

  • Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, books, uniforms, Essential Job Skills & Career Development course and examination fees.
  • $279 (optional) phlebotomy externship fee
  • A payment plan is available.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit the Certified Nurse Aide & Certified Phlebotomy applications, EKG and CPR registration forms, questionnaires, physical verification and health forms
  • Continuing Education Registration forms for EKG & Pulse Oximetry course and HCP CPR class
  • Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED

Additional Requirements for Completion

Transfer Credits

Students who have successfully completed the Certified Patient Care Technician Program are eligible to receive college credit through the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program administered by Charter Oak State College.

Credits may be used at Charter Oak State College or transferred to another school by setting up a credit registry with Charter Oak (Any transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution).

For more information, visit: Charter Oak’s Credit Registry site

Register by Email

Complete application packet and email to tx-continuing-ed@tunxis.edu.

Register by Fax

Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.

Register in Person

Register by Mail

Application packet and payment information (checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College) must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.

Mail to:
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.

Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty, 860.773.1453

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