Patient Care Technician


Dorson Vocational Training Institute is pleased to offer our Patient Care Technician course. Patient Care Technicians will be able to acquire a combination of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) & Phlebotomy/EKG skills.

What type of work is performed by CNAs?

Some of the typical tasks performed by CNAs include taking a patients temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate; keeping patient records in terms of food/fluid intake and output; assisting patients with grooming and personal hygiene; obtaining food trays and assisting residents with feeding; and working with residents on range-of-motion exercises and movements.

What type of work is performed by Phlebotomy Technicians?

Phlebotomy Technicians assist laboratory personnel by drawing blood. Students learn the proper technique for drawing blood, the proper way to collect blood, and understand the purpose of anticoagulants and serum blood collection. This program is a solid foundation for those who may be considering Medical Technology as a career.

What type of work is performed by EKG Technicians

EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic EKGs, Holster Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hours), 12 lead placement and stress tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

Program Outcomes

This course prepares a graduate to work as an entry-level Patient Care Technician in a clinic, hospital, or long-term care facility. Graduates will be able to check vital signs, assist in medical examinations, and perform electrocardiograms, basic laboratory procedures, and phlebotomy. This program is taught with a combination of lecture, practical exercise in the medical laboratory and with real-world experience during the externship portion of training conducted off-campus at medical facilities.


  • Students interested in these fields should possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • The classes consist of 520 hours of training and an externship assignment.

Dorson Vocational Training Institute, is a division of Dorson Home Care, which is fully licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Our instructors are certified by The National Health Association (NHA) and provide exceptional hands on training to our healthcare students. In addition, Dorson Vocational Training Institute offers both day and evening classes as well as affordable tuition payment plans and access to financial aid. Lastly, our Career Services team works closely with students to help facilitate job placement. To learn more about our healthcare classes and programs Dorson Vocational Training Institute provides please call our East Orange, New Jersey admissions office at: 973.676.6300 orĀ click here.