Patient Care Technician - Certificate of Completion (38-42 credit hours)

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program can be found on the following

Certificate of Completion

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician certificate program may work in a variety of settings, including long-term and acute-care facilities, private homes, clinics, and home care agencies. In most cases, the work involves providing personal care for patients and support services such as drawing blood, operating specialized equipment, and furnishing the results of diagnostic procedures.

Employment opportunities are numerous in Doña Ana County and the surrounding areas. Salaries for those who have completed diverse competencies within the program average well above minimum wage. Once employed, many graduates will find opportunities for on-the-job training and advancement.

Students may use the program as an introduction to other healthcare programs, such as nursing, respiratory therapy, diagnostic medical sonography, and radiologic technology. The program includes classroom theory, laboratory experience, and applied learning in hands-on situations. Because some of the learning takes place off campus, students will need to arrange for their own transportation.

State and/or national certifications are available in certain areas upon successful completion of the courses:

  • National Healthcareer Association Patient Care Technician certification

Important Facts About This Certificate Program

For information concerning the total cost, financing, time to completion, and job placement rates associated with this program, visit the following web page:

Mandatory Attendance

Students must attend all class meetings and lab sessions to be eligible for state or national certification testing.

Patient Care Technician (38-42 credits) 

Core Requirements (7 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 1, 24
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra 1, 23
or AHS 116 Math for Health Occupations
Related Requirements (7-11 credits)
AHS 120Medical Terminology3
Choose from the following:4-8
Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 14
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1, 2
Technical Requirements (24 credits)
NA 104Nursing Assistant Fundamentals 23
NA 104 LNursing Assistant Fundamentals Lab 21
NA 105Nursing Assistant Clinicals 24
NA 109Phlebotomist Basic 24
NA 110Electrocardiogram Technician Basic 24
NA 204Patient Care Technician 24
NA 205Patient Care Technicians Practicum 24
Total Credits38-42

Courses identical to those offered at New Mexico State University (main) Campus. 


Course has a prerequisite. Please consult DACC catalog for more information.