Patient Care Technician Certificate Level 1 (51.3902)

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Faculty & Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

(830) 591-7364
M Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez
Program Director
(830) 591-7218
I Alvarez
Isabel Alvarez
Program Coordinator
(830) 591-7219
J Gonzales
Judy F. Gonzales
(830) 591-7288
J Luna
Jose F. Luna
(830) 591-7267
D Galindo
Diamantina Galindo
(830) 758-4185


The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program includes courses that lead to a Level 1 Certificate with certification(s)/license(s) in Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram, and Medical Assistant.

The PCT Level 1 Certificate is a one-year, 2 semester program that prepares students for certification by National Healthcareer Association (NHA) in Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram, and Medical Assistant.  In addition, the program prepares students for certification by Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) as a Certified Nurse Assistant.

Upon successful completion of the program and certifications, students will possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to check vital signs, perform CPR and first aid, assist in medical examinations, perform electrocardiograms, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy, and nurse assistant.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section).  The Level 1 Certificate is TSI exempt; however, those not meeting Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s).


Application Process -- Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill admission requirements and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED within one year of completion of National Healthcareer Association courses (Phlebotomy Technician, Electrocardiogram Technician, and Clinical Medical Assistant).
  3. Must hold a valid driver’s license or state-issued I.D. card and must match social security number.
  4. Evidence of required immunizations, in writing, as required by the Texas Department of Health.  Includes Hepatitis-B series and Meningitis or acceptable titer levels.  Hepatitis-B series must be completed prior to registration.  Also, a documented negative TB Skin Test or a negative chest x-ray report.  Documentation must be within 12 months of the training session.
  5. Must hold a current Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider CPR Card valid thru the training period.
  6. Upon acceptance to the program, purchase of the approved school uniform and supplies.
  7. Pass a criminal background check through the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Process and fee will be explained by Department Coordinator.  Students with any criminal convictions might not be eligible to test for the state exam or National Registry test.
  8. Students will be required to have their health care provider complete and sign a program health form, which will be provided.

Program Outcomes

  1. Implement the standards of care related to the National Healthcareer Association for Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).
  2. Implement the standards of care related to the National Healthcareer Association for Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
  3. Implement the standards of career related to the National Healthcareer Association for Electrocardiogram Technician (CET).
  4. Implement standards of care related to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Program of Study

Patient Care Technician Resources