Patient Care Technician work in various healthcare facilities namely the Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facility, Rehabilitation Centers, Adult Day Care, Hospice Care, Long Term Care Centers, Community Health Centers, Assisted Living and many more areas in healthcare. The task of the Patient Care Technician includes duties related to patient care by assisting the nurses, doctors and other medical staffs for taking care of patients with health concerns.

The duties of patient care technician may vary from facility to facility, however, the general duties includes, quality patient care skills such as assisting the medical professionals in performing range of motion, therapeutic exercises, performing vital signs (Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, and Blood Pressure), obtaining patients height and weight, performing other techniques and procedures like transfer techniques, gait techniques using assistive devices, patient positioning and preparing examination room to be ready for the physician to examine the patient and other duties as assigned by the facilities. Specialized duties include procedures like performing 12 Lead EKGs and Phlebotomy Procedures.  

Patient care technicians have direct interaction with the patients and therefore must understand the concept of infection control, standard precautions, communication, basic medical terminologies, legal issues, patient privacy. They must also be able to explain the procedure to the patient. In addition to explaining the procedure the Patient care technician must also prepare the patient for the procedure.



Candidates registering for the CPCT exam must qualify in (at-least 1) of the ROUTE (A or B or C) as shown below. Training and experience may be completed within united states of america or outside united states of america. 




Training or


(Nationally or Internationally)




Have work experience



Veteran Memorial Service



Must submit proof of education or experience.



Clinical Duties


Performing Vital Signs

Measuring and Record Height & Weight

Preparing Examination Room

Collecting and Processing Specimens. 

Equipment Sterilization and Disinfection

Performing Pulmonary Function Test

Using Incentive Spirometry

Lifting Patient

Turning Patient

Positioning Patient

Transferring Patient 

Performing ADLs and Range of Motion Exercise

Assisting in Gait Techniques

Using Assistive Device for Patient

Feeding and Bathing Patient

Dressing and Grooming Patient

Assisting in Wound Care


Performing EKG  

Performing Blood Draws  

Administrative & Clerical Skills

Communication with Patients

Provide Patient Education

Enter Patient Data

Enter Specimen Data

Understand Patient Care Technician Responsibility

Handle Medical Records

Maintain Patient Records

Update Patient Records

Order Supplies

Track Inventory of Supplies and Equipment

Clean Exam Room

Clean Spills (Water or Blood)

Follow Infection Control Measures

Dispose Bio-hazard

Update and Maintain Equipment Log

Keep Patient Bed Side Table Organized

Appointment Scheduling

Accompany Patient to E-Ray Rooms

Accompany Patients to Diagnostic Rooms

Follow Missions and Objectives of the Facility

Other Duties as Provided by the Facility

CPCT Exam Test Plan

The exam content topic includes the following:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology

  2. Medical Terminology

  3. Legal Issues

  4. Infection Control

  5. Patient Care Skills 



AECA believes in continuing education more frequently so that the candidate can have a constant touch with knowledge, Candidate’s are required to attend the continuing education units / credits every year to renew their certification.


Certification is required to be renewed annually.

On submitting a renewal application the candidate will receive an email with links to CEUs that must be completed and submitted online. 

Fee Schedule for Renewal

Renewal Fee: $50


Certification that are expired must apply for reinstatement.

If you wish to apply to reinstate your expired certification you may proceed by submitting a reinstatement application. 


Fee Schedule for Reinstatement

Expired Less than 1 Year: $99  

Expired More than 1 Year but Less than 2 Years: $199