Patient Care Assistant / Technician

Courses: CNA, Phlebotomy and EKG

Program Outlook

Designed to teach students introductory skills necessary to function as a patient care assistant (PCA) in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn valuable technical skills through classroom discussions, hands on learning and externship opportunities. 

The Patient Care Technician prepares you to work in a hospital environment under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Students are trained to perform clinical skills such as blood collection, EKGs, catheterization, recording vital signs and patient treatments, and other tasks related to patient care.

Upon successful completion of the course students may be eligible to take the Patient Care Technician test through the National Health Career Association. Successful completion of the state board exam will make you a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Phlebotomist. Graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and placement agencies.

Areas of Study Include:

Legal & Ethical Issues

Human Body

Growth and Development

Rehabilitation Exercise and Rest

Understanding Patient Care Assignments

Discharging a patient

Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Vital Signs



Blood Collection


Domestic Violence

Communication with the Elderly

Admission Requirements:

  •  Be at least 18 years old

  •  Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or resident with a school permit

  • Submit Admissions Application ($25 Nonrefundable), (via Sign Request)

  •  Show proof of high school graduation or GED

  •  Agree to participate in both clinical and theoretical components of the course

  • Provide proof of health clearance (physical exam) from a physician 

  •  Provide proof of the following tests and vaccines

    • TB (or chest x-ray)

    • 10 Panel Drug Screen

    • Hep B (No more than 10 years old)

    • Chicken Pox (No more than 10 years old)

    • MMR (No more than 10 years old)

  •  Complete a background check through Castle Branch, with the directions provided by Capscare.

  •  Interview with the Dean of Nursing

  •  Complete an entrance exam

Program Schedule:

Total Program Length: 16 Weeks

Lecture Portion: 13 Weeks, Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM

Clinical Portion: 3 Weeks, Monday-Friday, Times: TBD

Start Date: To be determined by the Office of the Dean

Program Cost:

$2,200 ($660 deposit required to start)

  • Books included

Uniform: Scrubs and closed-toe shoes required, (Not included in the Program Cost).

CNA License: $155 (Required by Florida Board of Nursing)

CPT Certification: $150 (Not Required by Capscare Academy but most employers do require for employment.)