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Nursing Assistant PCT Training Program

Join us in our paid training opportunity and advance your career!

About the Position

This is a position for Certified Nursing Assistants who are interested in taking their career to the next level as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). You will begin by working as a full-time Nursing Assistant at the hospital, then learning Patient Care Technician skills, and finally advancing to a full-time Patient Care Technician (PCT) position at HCGH. CNA's accepted into the program will learn PCT skills such as phlebotomy, IV initiation, 12-lead EKG, and foley catheter insertion after successful completion of a minimum 90 day review period.

Positions are posted on the hospital website when available.

Program Outline

  • Nursing Assistant Duties: Employees gain hospital nursing assistant experience in the float pool before beginning training as a Patient Care Technician. As a Nursing Assistant, job duties include primarily providing 1:1 care to patients who are high risk for falls or are considered suicidal. During times in which no patient requires 1:1 care, Nursing Assistants provide certified nursing assistant skills to a group of patients.
  • Classroom Training: Nursing Assistants must successfully pass a minimum 90-day review period to enter PCT training. Part-time classroom training, which is paid for by the hospital, will be provided at Howard Community College (HCC) in the Advanced Patient Care Skills: Theory class, which typically meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. During this two to three month classroom training, participants continue to work as Nursing Assistants at HCGH with the full-time work/class schedule coordinated by the manager.
  • Promotion to PCT: After successful completion of the PCT course, Nursing Assistants apply for available full-time (72-80 hours per pay period) PCT positions at the hospital and must pass the HCGH PCT test and interview. Approximately four weeks of PCT orientation and on-site clinical training follows.
  • Employment Agreement: Employees agree to work as a full-time (72-80 hours every two weeks) PCT for a minimum of one year. Failure to meet this commitment will result in an obligation to repay the cost of classroom and clinical training.


  • H.S. diploma or GED
  • Current Maryland Certified Nursing Assistant license
  • CPR
  • Acute care nursing assistant experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to pass English proficiency exam

Contact Information

Human Resources
Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044