Patient Care Technician

Students are trained to provide basic nursing care of adults, children, infants and the elderly. After successful completion of the Texas Department of Aging Nurse Aide Competency Examination, students will focus on acute care and specialized patient care. Entry-level skills in phlebotomy, EKG, and monitor technician are included.

  • Delivery: Daytime and web enhanced/hybrid classes
  • Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer Full Time
  • Location: Nursing and Allied Health, Starr County, and Mid Valley Campuses

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Selective/Competitive Entry Disclaimer

Information Sessions

Due to COVID 19, we are unable to hold a face to face informational session.

To better serve our prospective student, the Patient Care Technician Program will offer Informational Sessions on Teams.

Students will need to download the Teams app on their own devices, such as desktop or laptop computers, tablets, or cell phones. Please ensure your electronic device has a camera.

Teams is a free application that you can download to any device.

To invite you to one of our informational sessions please email:

Sara Paz at

We will need your full name and preferred e-mail address.

The sessions will be conducted on Tuesday(s) and Thursday at 2:00pm.

If you are unable to attend one of this Information Sessions. You are able to schedule a one on one appointment with Sara Paz our Student Success. You will have to follow this instructions:

Setting up your Advising appointment through Setmore:

  1. Log on to the NAH Webpage
  2. Click on the Advising Appointment link
  3. Scroll down and click on the Patient Care Program
  4. Click on my name, Sara Paz
  5. Schedule a day and time that is best convenient for you.
  6. Please include your Name, Student ID#, email, and phone number.

PCT Spring Registration

  • Attend Advisement Session
  • COMPLIO Complete
  • Correct Degree Plan (Patient Care)
  • Jagnet updated with correct phone number and email address
  • Bring your COMPLIO compliance checklist and see Ms. Paz for Registration room A-100G

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Rice, Sharon - Program Chair srice 956-872-3109 NAHC 129
Allen, Kari J. kallen1 956-872-2815 NAHC PB2B-A
Gearhart, Maryann mgearhart2 956-872-2817 NAHC PB2B-D
Handy, Maggie mhandy1 956-872-3111 NAHC 125
Hollifield, James T. jhollifield_5015 956-872-2818 NAHC PB2B
Hollifield, Jocelyn A. jhollifi 956-872-3147 NAHC PB2B
Justin, Jimmy jjustin_2567 956-973-1026 Mid-Valley B-201B
Saenz, Felisa fasaenz 956-872-3155 NAHC 127
Sauceda, Corina csauceda_2597 956-872-3173 NAHC 128
Vallejo, Gabriel gvallejo_6063 956-872-3090 NAHC A-130

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Rodriguez, Maxine - Faculty Secretary mrodr451 956-872-3119 NAHC A-131

Work Environment

Long term care centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and home health agencies

Potential Job Titles

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • EKG Technician
  • Monitor Technician
  • Nurse Aide

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $10.50/hour
  • Top Earners: $15.00/hour

Keep CNA Current in Texas

Keep your "registry listing" with Nurse Aide Certificate (CNA) in Texas current! If you allow your CNA to expire you will lose your PCT certification and ability to gain employment in the field. Nurse aides renewing their certification are required to complete 24 hours of in-service education every 2 years. For a list of approved programs, visit the NAR Approved In-Service Education Programs webpage. Nurse aides may complete 12 of the required 24 hours of in-service education in a healthcare entity other than a facility licensed or certified by HHS, the Texas Department of State Health Services or the Texas Board of Nursing.

Check your certificate registry status here.

Additional information about CNA requirements in other states

PCTs require yearly continuing education and renewal.

Patient Care Technician/ Patient Care Assistant Certification Phlebotomy Certification
EKG Technician Certification
National Healthcareer Association
NHA - National Headquarters
134 Evergreen Place, 9th Floor
East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: 973-678-9100
Toll Free: 800-499-9092
FAX: 973-678-7305

Program Resources

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