Why study Patient Care Technician?

This 2-credit hour course micro-credential meets the requirements for students to be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) exam. This will be appropriate for those who are seeking employment in areas such as hospital or long-term care facilities. It also allows for a pathway for an associate degree in the Healthcare Support Technician program, which then further allows students to be eligible for a bachelor's degree in the BTAS - Healthcare Leadership program. 

The NHA defines the role of a CPCT as: 

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc. 
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate any additional patient needs
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families,
    particularly coping with grief and death

Admission Requirements

A valid CPR-Provider card is required. Students will be able to register for one or more micro-credentials without academic pre-requisite.  It is recommended, but not required, that the students take an Anatomy & Physiology and a Medical Terminology course. 

Please note micro-credentials are not eligible for any form of financal aid assistance. 

Students will be required to pass the five domains of a combination of didactic and laboratory.. They will be asked to self-report the NHA Patient Care Technician/Assistant exam outcomes.    

Successful students will be able to pass the micro-credential course HCST2001C of  with a grade of C or better, and pass the NHA's CPCT/A exam.

The National Health Career Association (NHA) offers testing and certification for those who have met eligibility requirements.

A student who completes the micro-credential course requirements and passes the NHA certification exam will be immediately eligible for employment. 

Accessibility Resources

UC Blue Ash College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities.  Accessibility Resources is the official campus office that works with students who have impairments which may influence their performance in this course (learning, ADD, psychological, visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, medical condition, etc.). If you have a documented disability requiring reasonable accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources. Muntz Hall, room 112L, Telephone: (513) 792-8625, and/or schedule an appointment via email: ucbadso@ucmail.uc.edu.


Counseling Services

UC Blue Ash College Counseling Services provides high quality integrated health, counseling, and wellness services.  Counseling services are free of charge to students matriculated as UC Blue Ash College students. UC Blue Ash Counseling Services addresses a variety of student needs such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, loss and grief issues, adjusting to life’s challenges, relationship problems, eating disorders, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and domestic violence.  An initial meeting with a counselor can be arranged by calling (513) 745-5670 or stopping by Room 140 Muntz Hall during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.  If after hours or for an immediate emergency, please call CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services - Clifton campus) using the 24 Hour Phone Consultation Line at 513-556-0648.  Clifton students may call UHS at 513-556-2564 or CAPS at 513-556-0648. For urgent physician consultation after-hours students may call 513-584-7777.

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in HCST2001C to graduate from the micro-credential. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

UC Blue Ash Academic Support
9555 Plainfield Rd
Muntz Hall
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 558-9461

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Program Code: 28MC-PCT-MC