Patient Care Technician
Certification (PCTC)

Role of a Patient Care Technician

A Patient Care Technician provides basic care, helps patients with activities of daily living, transports patients, and cleans treatment areas. Most Patient Care Technicians work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are physically active and may need to help lift or move patients.

Exam Information

  • Abbreviation: PCTC
  • Total Number of questions on exam: 144
  • Allotted time for exam: 3 hours
  • Modality available: Online, Paper/Pencil
  • Live Remote Proctoring Available: Yes
  • Cost: $119.00 (Study material included)
  • AMCA PCTC Exam Statistics


  • Anatomy and Physiology (12%)
  • Pharmacology (10%)
  • Safety and Infection Control (14%)
  • Medical Law and Ethics (15%)
  • Patient Care Skills (36%)
  • Medical Terminology (13%)

For more information, please view the Certification Program Outline and Exam Blueprint.

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about the role of a Patient Care Technician, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

State Guidelines

The laws and regulations pertaining to minimum requirements and the allied health industry vary by state. It is highly recommended that test candidates familiarize themselves with their particular states rules and regulations regarding certification requirements.