Patient Care Technician


Attention: PCT candidates:
If you do not already have a Nurse Aide License from ABC or another school, see “Advanced Nurse Aide” (Click
Advanced Nurse Aide link) on this page and enroll in that program.
If you DO already have a Nurse Aide License from ABC or another school, you need only enroll in the “EKG/Phlebotomy” program for PCT certification (see prices and schedules below.)

Patient Care Technician



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ABC Training Center in NYC

ABC Training Center is approved by the NY State Department of Education to issue a Patient Care Technician to Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) graduates from any school in the State. Students seeking an Patient Care Technician(PCT) certificate from all walks of life look to us. We are a leader in PCT training in NYC—the process works as follows.

The Nurse Aide graduates will present their License of completion and take the EKG/Phlebotomy program at ABC Training Center. ABC will then issue the PCT certificate at the successful completion of the training program, a process for PCT Training NYC students have relied upon to get ahead. Subsequently, PCT graduates will be allowed to take the National Health Career Certification exam at ABC and will be allowed to attend the review class for this exam at no charge.

National certification is a feather in the cap of an  ANA training program graduate that puts you one step ahead of the pack. Our experience has shown us that candidates that have passed the certification exam and who interview at a hospital or other medical facility usually get preference over non-certified candidates.

So, if you are thinking of gaining new skills to create greater job opportunities, more income, and more security for you and your family, look no further than ABC’s new, approved Advanced Nurse Aide (ANA) training program in NYC. Register for our patient care tech program today!

Learn more about Patient Care Technician’s Job Profile

EKG Technicians

EKG technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to record and monitor electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. This assists a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities. These tests include basic EKGs, Holter Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hrs.), and Stress Tests (treadmill).

Phlebotomy Technicians

Phlebotomy technicians draw blood from patients for testing purposes. They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Generally, the same employee in a facility performs the functions of both an EKG technician and a phlebotomy technician. View our Class Schedule Calendar today! ABC’s phlebotomy training classes in NYC can help you launch a fulfilling career as an EKG and phlebotomy technician. Our school will teach you about the various aspects of this discipline and give you the background you need to earn your phlebotomy and EKG certification. Check out our Job Outlook profile for EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians!


Weekday Schedule (8 weeks)

Day Morning OR Afternoon OR Evening
Monday through Thursday 9 am – 12 pm OR 1 pm – 4 pm OR 6 pm – 9 pm

Weekend Schedule : 2 days a week for 8 weekends

Day                                         Time                                            
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

Fast Track Schedule (4 weeks)

Day Time                                            
Monday through  Thursday 9 am – 4 pm
    • Note: Fast Track schedules require a down payment of $850 and 4 weekly payments of $212.5


Frequently Asked Questions: Patient Care Technicians 

Becoming a Patient Care Technician is a noble and excellent career choice for anyone who would like to be on the front lines of the growing health care industry with intimate experience in patient care. As someone considering enrolling in our Patient Care Technician program, you may have many questions on what to expect from your new career. The following are some common questions that we at the ABC Training Center have received and answered to help you stay informed during your career journey. 

What is a Patient Care Technician? 

Patient Care Technicians are Certified Nursing Assistants who have also been trained in phlebotomy and perform EKG’s. The Patient Care Technician works in conjunction with medical staff to provide needs for disabled or infirmed patients that need support in completing daily tasks such as showering, dressing and eating.  PCTs have a variety of workplaces to choose from, such as hospitals, rehab centers, dialysis centers, and nursing facilities. 

What does a Patient Care Tech do in a hospital? 

PCTs, in short, are professionals that aid patients that cannot perform daily tasks on their own. They help to bathe, feed, dress, and transport patients, and provide other basic needs while providing needed emotional support.  They also monitor patient vital signs, perform EKG’s and draw blood. 

What are the qualifications for a PCT? 

If you are already a Licensed Nursing Assistant, you need only take the EKG/Phlebotomy program at ABC to become a PCT.  If you are not already a Nurse Aide, take our “Advanced Nurse Aide” course, which consists of N.A, EKG, and Phlebotomy training. 

How long does it take to become a Patient Care Tech? 

Depending on whether or not you are already a N.A, you can receive the PCT certification in as little as 4 to 8 weeks 

Is CPR required to become a PCT? 

No.  However, we strongly suggest that aspiring Patient Care Technicians take “CPR for Medical Professionals” which includes Automated External Defibrillator Training. 

What are the job limitations of a Patient Care Technician? 

PCTs cannot provide analysis of disease, provide an official diagnosis to patients, or administer medication. In addition to being a common gateway into nursing, the career prospects for PCTs are positive, with many hospitals and care centers looking for quality caretakers, as the total number of healthcare related occupations are projected to increase, and the role continues to evolve in the medical community. Overall, it can prove to be a demanding job that requires a certain level of dedication while providing a high level of personal satisfaction and experience in the medical field. 

Preparing PCT’s for an Important Medical Role 

Although the job seems similar to that of a licensed nursing assistant, our technician training courses are different than N.A classes in The Bronx. The training process is more focused on the tasks a PCT is expected to perform. These include working as a phlebotomist and using an electrocardiogram (EKG). In addition to being upbeat, calm, and caring, they must be ready to respond to anything abnormal and tend to personal cleanliness, for any patient who is sick, elderly, or disabled. Patient care often involves bathing and grooming and assisting with patient transfers during emergencies and during the course of medical care. Aside from maintaining a safe environment or assisting with the administration of medications or medical treatments, the PCT must be able to work with others, from nurses and physicians to paramedics. A certified training program is required to become qualified as a patient care technician. The difference between our program and others is that participants only need to take an entrance exam. A high school diploma is not required, although the exam requirement is waived for high school graduates who enroll in the program. The educational curriculum does involve some classroom time. Participants also take part in laboratory exercises and spend hours in a clinical setting to obtain the experience necessary to master the duties of patient care, conducting an electrocardiogram, or completing a phlebotomy procedure.. 

EKG and Phlebotomy Training at ABC Training Center 

We offer both EKG and phlebotomy training to give students a well-rounded education. Certification in both areas prepares and qualifies one for work in many healthcare settings. An EKG assistant places electrodes on a patient, and then uses a specialized machine to take readings. At the same time, they need to be on alert for signs of heart attacks and other emergencies. That can be a lot of pressure. The individual technician must remain calm at all times and be able to think rationally, despite the stress of reading test results quickly and tending to patients who may be critically ill. Both phlebotomy and EKG technicians must be skilled at gathering patients’ medical histories, explaining medical procedures, and calming down someone who may be extremely frightened. For the best in phlebotomy training in NYC aspiring PCTs can find, contact ABC Training Center at 718-618-5589 today. 192 classroom hours, plus 30 hours of clinical assignment, plus state board and national certification exams or 96 classroom hours for already licensed Nursing Assistants at only the cost of EKG/Phlebotomy program are offered. 

Phlebotomy Training 

Our services include EKG phlebotomy training NYC technicians will draw upon later to assist medical personnel. Phlebotomy technicians serve an important role. Supervised by laboratory managers and medical technologists, their role is to collect blood from a patient’s vein. Drawing blood requires training, as do methods used to do so include preparing the individual, inserting the needle, withdrawing blood into tubes and containers, and providing post-puncture care. A phlebotomist is trained to be prepared to execute their expertise during medical testing, transfusions, or when a person is donating blood. A career as a phlebotomist can be a fulfilling one, and our school is equipped to provide the background needed to become certified in this field. 


Also known as Cardio Phlebotomy Technicians, EKG/Phlebotomy Technicians combine the skills of both Electrocardiogram (EKG) specialist and Phlebotomist for a variety of diagnostic, donation, and testing purposes, and many healthcare facilities have combined the two skill sets. Both skills are critical to providing lifesaving diagnoses. This is an excellent way to work in a variety of medical settings and utilizing your people skills while doing it. For anyone that particularly loves the diagnostic aspect of the healthcare field, and enjoys rewarding, lucrative hands-on work, this unique program may be for you. Below are some questions and answers to help see if EKG/Phlebotomy Tech is the right career path for you.

What are EKG machines?

EKG machines are devices that monitor heart rate and rhythm via wires and electrodes applied to the skin. They provide data that is verified by the EKG Technician and confirmed by a medical physician

What does an EKG Tech do?

EKG Technicians work with doctors to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) testing for patients. This includes monitoring heart rate and rhythm and performing stress tests to observe the heart’s electrical activities during an exercise. The data gathered in these tests provide the needed cardiac information for medical professionals to diagnose certain conditions.

What does a Cardio Phlebotomy Technician do?

Cardio-Phlebotomy Technicians have the combined skills of both EKG Technicians and Phlebotomist. They collect blood specimens, examine heart performance, control infections, manage medical records, and more.

What do Phlebotomy Technicians do?

Phlebotomy technicians work with patients in various medical settings to draw and collect blood and urine samples. This is typically for testing and donation purposes.

Where can a Phlebotomy Technician work?

Phlebotomy Technicians can work in a variety of environments depending on an individual’s preference, such as clinical laboratories, blood donation centers, nursing homes, and many other settings.

What traits should a Cardio Technician have?

Good people skills, adaptability, quick-thinking, proper hygiene, understanding of technical and mechanical processes, and not being squeamish around bodily fluids such as blood are all musts for this profession. If you are looking to start a fast-paced medical career with variety, the EKG and phlebotomy program may be a great place to start.

*ABC Training Center is licensed by the New York State Department of Education!*

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