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Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Technician at a Glance

image of a nursing assistant working with other medical professionals
Note: Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Technician are continuing education/non-credit programs.

What does a nursing assistant and/or a patient care technician do?

  • Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff
  • Performs duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or move patients, change linens, or transfer or transport patients
  • Performs EKGs, checks patients' vital signs, assists in medical examinations and phlebotomy

What is the career outlook?

  • Most nursing assistants/patient care technicians work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities and under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Generally receives training on-site and on the job and involves direct patient care
  • In Texas: median salaries of $10.44 per hour or $21,700 annually*
  • Dallas County: median salaries $11.13 per hour or $23,200 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework


Cedar Valley

El Centro

Mountain View

Continuing Education contact hours

Certified Nurses Aide






Patient Care Technician






For more information about the nurse aide registry and certification, visit the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services website. 

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for Nursing Assistant