Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant

Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)

If you’re motivated to provide hands-on assistance and make a real difference in patients’ lives, earning your CPCT/A can prepare you for your dream job.

Take this quiz to find out if you qualify to take the NHA patient care technician/assistant certification exam

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians/Assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require. As a CPCT/A, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals.

More and more patients require special care, sometimes around-the-clock. Needs vary from patient to patient, making it vital that the Patient Care Technician/Assistant has a diverse range of knowledge and skills to provide their basic care.

As a Patient Care Technician/Assistant, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
  • Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
  • Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
  • Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
  • Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
  • Perform phlebotomy procedures
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death

As the elderly population increases, healthcare facilities, hospitals and nursing homes have a great demand for qualified Patient Care Technicians/Assistants. Since this profession is needed in many practices, you may have a variety of opportunities available to you. Earning your CPCT/A can help you launch a career in the healthcare path you choose.

As the elderly population increases, healthcare facilities, hospitals and nursing homes have a great demand for qualified Patient Care Technicians/Assistants.

Updated Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A) exam coming early 2019

At NHA, we are dedicated to providing access to personal and professional improvement, directly impacting better patient care.

With the help of numerous subject matter experts, we have conducted a nationwide Job Task Analysis (JTA) to ensure we are accurately testing the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the patient care technician profession. As a result of this extensive analysis, an updated exam will be released in early 2019.

Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information.


Test plan and crosswalk for updated CPCT/A exam

An updated test plan for the CPCT/A exam is now available here. You can also find the exam crosswalk here, bridging the 2011 test plan and new test plan.


Updated CPCT/A exam scoring expectations

Please note that this updated exam will not require pilot scoring and therefore no delay in test results. Scores will be provided in the usual timeframe.


New CPCT/A study materials available late November, 2018

New CPCT/A study materials will be released a few months prior to the launch of the updated exam in early 2019. The new study materials are developed in alignment with the updated exam test plan and feature several newly-added features for optimized learning.


Do you have more questions?

For more information regarding pilot scoring, visit the "About Development of NHA Exams" section of the Candidate Handbook on nhanow.com.

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