Patient Care Technology/Medical Assisting


The Patient Care Technology/Medical Assisting program is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of basic nursing care, including providing direct bedside care to patients in a variety of settings.  The PCT/MA is a multi-disciplinary technical assistive healthcare personnel.  PCT's/MA's are educated to provide basic nursing care under the supervision or direction of a Physician, Advanced Practice Nurse, Register Nurse, or Licensed Practical Nurse.  The education shall be in an otrganized program with planned learning experiences in a logical sequence, including both theory and clinical.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,008.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,848.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Patient Care Technician864Diploma
Medical Assistant1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Extension: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston Cookeville Higher Education Campus
1000 Neal St
Cookeville, TN 38501

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: 15,540

Current job openings per year: 2,310


First Trimester: 
Nursing Assistant
AP & Medical Terminology
Nursing Assistant Clinical
Phlebotomy Clinical
Worker Characteristic
Second Trimester: 
Electrocardiography Clinical
Medical Assistant I
Worker Characteristic


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