Patient Care Technician (PCT)

What do Patient Care Technicians do?

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) play an important role and are at the front lines of patient care. They provide assistance, medical attention, emotional support and personal care to patients. The primary function of the PCT is to assist and support the Professional Registered Nurse in all aspects of patient care.

Average Wage

Experienced Wage

As a Patient Care Technician, you will

Provide emotional support and personal care to patients
Report observations and any change in patient condition
Measure height and weight and take temperature
Record vital signs
Perform routine clinical tasks
Assist patients with activities of daily living

Training & Educational Opportunities

Patient Care Technicians are in great demand in DuPage County. You will have plenty of employment opportunities, but first you will have to complete training and earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. Employers also require CPR certification.

Training Providers

  • A Plus Healthcare Training
  • College of DuPage
  • Genesis Healthcare Institute
  • Healthcare Training Institute
  • Tukiendorf Training Institute (TTI)
  • Waubonsee Community College

A workNet DuPage WIOA grant can pay for training.

Types of Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Centers
  • Doctor Offices
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Nursing Homes


After earning your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate, you will have many opportunities for advancement. Some opportunities include:

  • LPN
  • Registered Nurse