This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.
|Patient Care Technician
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
Patient Care Technicians provide care under the direct supervision of registered nurses and/or physicians. Employment is primarily in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and dialysis clinics.
According to the U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent, also must faster than average. Cardiovascular (EKG) technologists and technicians show an increase of 29 percent—again much faster than average.
Health care job creation continues to dramatically outperform virtually every other occupational sector. Monster: "Indeed, health care is still a rare bright spot in a job market that can't get out of first gear. Jobs in health care rose to 14.19 million in October 2011 from 13.88 million a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hospital jobs increased by 84,000 over the period, but ambulatory services—physician offices, outpatient clinics and home health agencies—stole the show, adding more than 173,000 positions."
Forbes also touts the health care job market. Forbes: "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care and social assistance industry will create some 28 percent of all the new jobs in the U.S. from 2010 to 2020, as extended longevity and an aging population push up demand for all kinds of health care professionals. That means 5.7 million new jobs in that period. Another compelling statistic: the BLS projects that health care wages and salaries will rise 27 percent through 2014."
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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|Northwestern Health Sciences University; the PCT programs 60 credits transfers into their Bachelor of Science Completion in Human Biology|
|Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.|
Metropolitan State University: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As a graduate of the Health Care Technician program, you can continue coursework along a number of pathways that may include working toward your RN.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare Management
As a graduate of the Health Care Technician program, you can transfer seamlessly into this managerial program and complete your bachelor's degree.
Do you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!
MN Transfer.org Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.
Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Patient Care Technician program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student success in design competitions, student field trips to national conferences and the accomplishments of our patient care technician instructors.
As a student in DCTC's Patient Care Technician program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the healthcare industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active student clubs and organizations for Patient Care Technician students, providing networking and professional development opportunities right on campus.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. PTK provides many leadership and civic engagement opportunities for students. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework at DCTC with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Invitations to join the society are mailed to eligible students at the end of each term.
Multicultural Student Leadership Association
Did you know that more than 20 different cultures are represented in DCTC's student body? As members of the Multicultural Student Leadership Association, we believe in the importance of not only recognizing our differences, but also embracing and learning from them. MSLA gives students from all cultures the chance to learn, belong and grow by experiencing the rich world of people that visits our campus everyday.