The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Certificate program is an exciting opportunity for Certified Nurse Aides to advance their skills, earn a better salary, and have more job options in a changing work environment. PCTs are valued members of many health care teams. They work in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, physician offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities.  Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association Certified Patient Care Technician Exam. This program does not prepare students to become Certified Phlebotomy Technicians or certified EKG technicians. Prerequisites:  1) Current CNA required, 2) High-school diploma or GED, and 3) English language competency. 4) A criminal background check is required.  Students who have a record are denied access to clinical training sites. Note: Convicted felons may have difficulty finding employment in the healthcare field. This program is eligible for WIOA funds – contact American Job Center 203-238-3688 early to inquire.  Payment Plan available.

The following 6 courses are included in the Patient Care Technician Program
  1. Advanced Nurse Aide

  2. Phlebotomy Skills for the PCT

  3. ECG and Pulse Oximetry

  4. Customer Service & Communication in Healthcare

  5. CPR or BLS

  6. Hospital Based Clinical Experience (optional)

This Program Qualifies for the Following Funding Options:

Turn your dream of a career into a reality

You could be eligible for FREE Training in the Healthcare field through the Health Careers Advancement Program (HCAP). Eligibility based on employment and income guidelines.

Choose from any of these programs:

  • Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA)
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Medical Office Billing and Coding
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

For more information on HCAP funding, contact either Omayra Vega at 203-624-1493 ext.216 or TaMesha Greene 203-238-3688 ext.307 and

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, is a nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food and stay healthy.

The SNAP Employment and Training program prepares and assists clients by offering vocational training, career activities, case management, and support services. The SNAP Education and Training program assists students who are interested in career training for the following courses listed in this catalog:

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Connecticut Security Officer
  • Veterinary Assistant

To be eligible, students must receive SNAP benefits throughout the entire course, have a high school diploma or GED, be a US citizen, not have a felony record for most courses, and not receive TANF (cash) assistance from CT DSS. For more information about enrolling in a course under this program: contact Patrice Barrett at

July 20th at 10 to 11:30 AM in Chapman Hall 605
July 26th 1 to 2:30 PM in Chapman Hall 605
August 1st from 5:30 to 7 PM in Snow Hall 504

Come learn how to enroll in career classes for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters!

Are You Unemployed?
You may be eligible for funding for several training programs if you meet certain income requirements. Most Middlesex Community College career programs are eligible for WIOA funding. Contact the American Job Center in Meriden at 203-238-3688 ASAP.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses

Fall 2017 CoursesFall PCT courses

Advanced Nurse Aide Skills – This 24-hour course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of the CNA program.  Participants will learn advanced skills, including wound care and dressing changes, respiratory procedures, colostomy care, and tube feedings, and pre-op/post-op care.

Phlebotomy Skills for the PCT – The art and science of phlebotomy is an important part of the role of many patient care technicians.  This 24-hour introductory course includes skin-puncture techniques, special collection procedures, legal ethical issues, safety concerns, infection control, and quality assurance.  Teaching methods include lecture and hands-on practice in a simulated lab setting, but do not include a clinical rotation. This course does not prepare you to be a phlebotomy technician.

EKG and Pulse Oximetry Skills – Learn the knowledge and skills to accurately obtain a 12-lead EKG and pulse -oximetry measurement.  Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and function, lead and sensor placement recigniton of nomal vs. abnormal readings and how to adapt to unuual patient situations will be taught.  This 12-hour course includes classroom and hands-on simulation lab experience. This course does not prepare you to be a certified EKG Technician.

Basic Life Support – Learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, perform CPR, manage foreign body airway obstructions, use bag-valve-masks (BVMs), and operate an automated external defibrillator (AED).  Successful completion of the BLS course results in a 2-year certification from the American Heart Association.

Scholarship Available:

CNA/PCT Scholarship Application and Process

Payment Plan available.