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Patient Care Technician

The Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Clinical Partner/Patient Care Technician) training program prepares students for employment in an acute care setting. This training teaches skills in patient care that qualify the student to assist the registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse in direct patient care. The student will learn how to perform uncomplicated nursing procedures.

This training requires a minimum full-time commitment for eight weeks. It combines five weeks of intensive classroom instruction with three weeks of clinical practice. This program satisfies the requirement of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for unlicensed assistive personnel.

After completion of the eight-week course, the student will have the option to enroll in a two-week EKG/arrhythmia technician training course and/or a two-week phlebotomy course.

For more information, see the Patient Care Technician Fact Sheet.

You may download the Patient Care Technician Application Packet for the checklist of required items and application forms.

For additional information please contact Dr. Tonya Buttry at or call 573.334.6825.

Eligibility Requirements

The following requirements must be met to be considered for Patient Care Technician training:

  • Completion of a high school diploma or an approved high school equivalency exam
  • Acceptable scores on the JobFIT test
  • Acceptable scores on the Work Keys test or minimum ACT composite score of 21 or minimum SAT combined score of 1060
  • Provide documentation of all immunizations
  • Clearance on relevant background checks

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid is not available for these courses. Students may obtain privately funded scholarships or loans through various community organizations. Some workplaces may provide financial assistance. Contact Human Resources at SoutheastHEALTH for tuition assistance and job opportunities.

Tuition and Fees

(These are waived for those hired as patient care technicians through SoutheastHEALTH.)

Application fee: $45
Patient Care Technician course: $1,000
EKG/Arrhythmia course: $100
Phlebotomy course: $100

The application fee is due with the completed application and is nonrefundable after three business days.

Those accepted for the training will need to pay a $100 deposit when enrolling. The remaining balance for the Patient Care Technician course is due by the first day of class unless arrangements are made with the business office.

Costs are subject to change without notice.

Gainful Employment Information

Gainful employment information will be available when the first group completes these courses.