Patient Care Technician Certificate

The patient care technician program is a one-year certificate that provides students with entry-level knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the health care field. As one of the fastest growing health care occupations, patient care technicians are most commonly employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and home health care agencies. Daily hands-on direct and indirect patient care include, but not limited to, taking vitals, performing ECGs, blood draws and specimen collection.


This Program

Simulation & Skills Lab

Sandburg’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center provides life-like simulation learning experiences, including manikins that move, breathe, make noises, etc. The Simulation Center utilizes SimMan and houses a maternal/child unit with Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal. Our Skills Lab includes infant, toddler, child, and adult manikins and skills equipment that reflect the newest technology in the health care industry.


Careers & Projected Salary

Annual salary for entry-level workers starts around $23,067. Mid-level pay is $31,805 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $45,681.


How to Apply

All applicants interested in the Patient Care Technician Program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College program advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process.

  1. Complete application to Carl Sandburg College
  2. Send official high school transcript or equivalent and any post-secondary education transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor prior to applying.