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Patient Care Specialist Program (PCS)

Program Type: 
Certified Preparation Program

The Patient Care Specialist certified preparation program is a combination of a Nursing Assistant program and a Patient Care Technician program. This is a seven-week program that continues after the student has completed the NA program. The Patient Care Specialist is a 230 clock hours of classroom and technical requirements. Graduates may work in long term health care facilities, hospitals, and home health.

Career Opportunities: 

Qualified health care workers are in great demand. Patient Care Specialist may find jobs in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Home Healthcare Agencies.

Program Information: 

The program is a total of 230 clock hours. Students will attend classes for 13 days of the NA program and 5 weeks for the Patient Care Tech program.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Certificate and a letter of completion and will be eligible to take the CNA certification examination through the State of Michigan Department of Community Health (Thompson Pro-Metric Examination). Students will also be eligible to take the National Certification examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) for the following certifications:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • EKG Technician