Patient Care Technology/Medical Assisting


This program includes classroom study & supervised clinical practice in health care facilities.  The patient care technology student must complete the prescribed program of study, clinical experience, & pass the state certification for CNA and national certification for Patient Care Technology/ Medical Assistant.  Units of study include Nurse Aide, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, ECG Technician, Phlebotomy, Dosage Calculations, Computer Concepts & Medical Assisting.  Job duties: perform administrative and clinical duties under the physician's direction.  Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, plus billing & coding information for insurance.  Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs, taking medical histories, preparing patients for exams, drawing blood, and administering medications by physician's information. Mandatory criminal background check and drug screening are required. All applicants must pass the HESI exam with minimum requirements for acceptance into this program. 



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,936.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,220.43

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aide Certificate432Certificate
Phlebotomy certificate186Certificate
Electrocardiogram Certificate864Certificate
Patient Care Technician Diploma864 Diploma
Medical Assistant Diploma1296Diploma

Admission Requirements:

         Schedule HESI entrance exam and pay fee as soon as possible or submit acceptable ACT score of 19 in reading and 19 in math. The HESI entrance exam is $40.00 and must be paid in order to reserve a spot. This fee is non-refundable. After paying and scheduling, you will be given a reminder sheet with your time and date for the test.  If you are a no show for your scheduled test time, you forfeit the $40 payment.  You will then have to pay $40 and reschedule the exam.

    • Applicants must be 18 years of age
    • Complete a TCAT-P application online
    • Provide a regular high school diploma or HiSet/GED transcript
    • ACT (current high school graduates) or HESI entrance exam score

    • Provide proof of 2 MMR and 2 Varicella immunizations/titers
      • T.B. Skin Test
      • Hepatitis B Immunizations
      • Flu Vaccination
      • Tetanus
    • Proof of Medical Insurance
    • Proof of Driver's License

    Students are subject to drug screening, criminal background check, and possibly other vaccinations  based upon clinical affiliation agreements.


    Campus Locations

    Main Campus
    P.O. Box 614
    1233 East College Street
    Pulaski, TN 38478

    Job Duties

    Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

    Job Outlook

    Bright Outlook: Yes

    Currently employed in the area: 14,690

    Current job openings per year: 2,250


    First Trimester: 
    Worker Characteristics
    Nursing Aide
    Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology
    Nurse Aide clinical
    Phlebotomy Clinical
    Second Trimester: 
    Worker Characteristics
    Electrocardiography Clinical
    Medical Assistant I
    Third Trimester: 
    Worker Characteristics
    Math Meds
    Medical Assistant II

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