Students rely on their school and instructors to prepare them for a successful career in the patient care technician profession. That’s why NPCTA works with educational institutions to ensure that the schools’ programs reflect a national standard of excellence. When students sit for the exam, they are able to demonstrate mastery of core knowledge and skills and are ready to begin their career as a certified patient care technician. Every time one of your students passes the NPCTA exam, they stand as a testament to the merit of your institution. 
Accredited Schools training students for positions in the patient care technician profession that are interested in offering NPCTA certification exam can participate in the NPCTA certification program by meeting the eligibility requirements listed below and filling out the academic institution application. Upon institution approval the school can register their students for exams. This offers their students a unique opportunity to enhance their potential to be hired and contribute to positive change in healthcare.
1) Name of the School
2) Copy of State Board of Education approval
3) Copy of your accreditation approval with expiration date
4) Location of the School
5) Name of School Director
6) Submit the academic institution application
7) Completed contact information
8) Copy of a signed, sample transcript for all allied health programs your school offers
9) A breakdown of the curriculum hours
An NPCTA Assigned School Code is required for students or graduates of your school’s patient care technician program(s) to sit for the NPCTA Examination and also the Board Certification Examination. Students may not receive licensure test results or Board Certification if your school does not have this code.
How to Obtain an Assigned School Code

To receive an Assigned School Code, schools are required to submit an application proving the school is legitimate, operating legally and meets our minimum curriculum requirements of 160 hours of education and the following learning modules.

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA),
  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Electrocardiography (EKG) (10) successful EKG Test Strips
  • Long Term Care Fundamentals of Disease
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers 
  • Principles of Expanded Patient Care
  • Advanced nursing skills
  • Patient Care Clerical Principles
  • Phlebotomy including twenty five (25) successful venipuncture’s, ten (10) successful Skin Punctures


After completion of all required modules at your institution

Students have the opportunity to take the NPCTA Patient Care Technician (CPCT) certification exam and become a CPCT. Students will also receive a National Certified Phlebotomy Technician and National Certified EKG Technician certification from the National Health Care Workers Association (NHCWA).
The student’s resume will become very impressive with all these certifications listed.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • National Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • National Certified EKG Technician
  • National Certified Patient Care Technician
  • American Heart Health Care Provider CPR Certification