Patient Care Technician

Certified Nursing Program

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Starting average pay in the state of Texas for Patient Care Technicians is between $30,000 and $35,000 annually.

Course Description
  • Students will learn the basic nursing principles and advanced nurse aid skills to successfully render service to all types of patients.
  • Establish a safe and supportive environment for the patient through ethical and legal responsibilities, effective communication, observation skills, fire safety, infection control, CPR, EKG, and phlebotomy practices.
  • Secure employment in the health care industry.
Employment Opportunities
    • Hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities
Program Enrollment Requirements

Students taking health programs that have direct contact with patients will be required to meet or obtain the following:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Applicants must achieve a passing on the pre-entrance exam in the areas of:
    • Reading, Math, and Writing.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License/State ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunizations (*Required for clinicals*)
    • COVID-19 Vaccine (both doses)
    • Influenza Vaccine (obtain during flu season newest vaccine for that year)
    • Tuberculosis Skin Test (with negative result) or Chest X-Ray (good for 1 year)
    • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) – (2 vaccines and titer)
    • Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 vaccines)
    • Bacterial Meningitis (Students are exempt if they are 22 years of age or older)
  • Criminal Background Check
    • *Applicants will contact the Continuing Education office before starting a background check*
  • Drug Screening
    • *Applicants will contact the Continuing Education office before starting a drug screening*
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer
  • Uniform
    • Scrubs
    • Tennis shoes (non-canvas) with conservative logo (no colored strips, no clogs, crocs, etc.)
    • Stethoscope
    • Watch with a second hand
Course Information
Course Name Course Number Hours Location
Nurse Aide for Health Care NURA 1001 64 ITEC D3A-143
Clinical-Nurse Assistant NURA 1060 48 ITEC D3A-143
Patient Care Technician NUPC 1020 96 ITEC D3A-143
Electrocardiography ECRD 1011 80 ITEC D3A-143
Phlebotomy PLAB 1023 64 ITEC D3A-143
Tuition: $4,500


Hours Contact Us Location
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dulce Rivera – Coordinator of WTCE Programs
Email Us: [email protected]
Phone: (956) 295-3724
ITEC Center
301 Mexico Blvd.
Brownsville, Texas