Patient Care Technician Bridge and Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician Program

Prerequisite for Bridge program: Nurse Aide certification/training

No prerequisite if taking the full Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician program

Current Certified Medical Assistants interested in this program should contact the program manager, Allison Ortner at

Patient care technicians assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients. In addition to basic care, skills taught include drawing blood, point of care testing, EKG's, and wound care.

Career Info


This course prepares students for the Patient Care Technician (PCT) certification through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the Nurse Aide certification (CNA) through the Virginia Board of Nursing.

About the Program

Learn to perform basic patient care plus clinical skills.

Topics include:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Vital signs
  • EKG
  • Wound Care
  • Activities of Daily Living Care
  • Workplace behavior and more.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED within 12 months of the course end date
  • Have access to a computer with the ability to use it at an adequate level for creation, communication and collaboration (Computers available for use in computer labs at BRCC main campus and Waynesboro outpost)
  • Follow the directions in the Patient Care Technician Application Packet regarding registration document submission and registration for the required healthcare orientation.

Minimum 40 hours of clinical for the Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician program.

Note: Not required for the PCT Bridge program

Required Documentation for On-Site Experience

Each student must provide, at his/her own expense, the following:

  • Current, Clear Background Check through Castlebranch
  • Current CPR card (CPR included in course)
  • Completed Health Insurance/Emergency Contact/Declination Form
  • Current Healthcare Physical and Immunization records including COVID and Flu Vaccines and TB Test
  • Please print, complete, and bring forms to first day class or inquire about secure electronic transmission due to the personal information contained on documents.