Acute/Clinical Technician

Acute/Clinical Technicians are some of the most essential workers on a healthcare team.

Also referred to as Patient Care Technicians, these healthcare heroes are not only the eyes and ears of nurses, they are also the passionate, skilled professionals who are trained and certified to perform critical medical tasks and provide direct care to patients in need.


The Acute/Clinical Technician program at Caris College is one of the most comprehensive programs available in Indiana and Kentucky that teaches many of the same skills you would learn in a pre-nursing program. Our program offers national certifications in Phlebotomy, EKG, and Patient Care, can be completed in as little as 10-months, and helps students gain a competitive edge in the high-demand field of healthcare.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates earn a Patient Care Technician Diploma
  • Accelerated 10-month program in a fully functioning clinical lab
  • Hands-on training from experienced instructors with real-world experience
  • 180-hour externship in an actual medical facility
  • Lifetime career services and job placement assistance
  • Flexible day and evening classes to choose from

Your career in patient care starts here!

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What you’ll learn

Students in the Acute/Clinical Technician program learn all the essentials of clinical patient care from supportive, knowledgeable instructors who share their real-world experience in a fully-functioning clinical lab setting. Program curriculum includes hands-on and classroom training in the following areas:

  • Drawing blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations
  • Administering EKGs on patients to help identify cardiac events and heart attacks
  • Collecting specimens to test for conditions such as strep throat or influenza
  • Inserting, caring for, and removing Foley catheters
  • Communicating risk management issues with charge nurses, supervisors, or nurse managers, and completing incident reports
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality per HIPPA standards and guidelines
  • Coordinating and communicating patient admissions, internal transfers, and discharges
  • Performing clerical responsibilities including  filing diagnostic reports, taking physician dictation, preparing interventional reports, and disassembling patient charts at discharge

Career Opportunities

Jumpstart your career in months, not years

Graduates of the Caris College Acute/Clinical Technician program receive valuable industry certifications including certification as an Acute/Clinical Technician, a Phlebotomy Technician, and an EKG Technician. These certifications can open the door to even more opportunities in the healthcare industry and are granted by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a nationally recognized credentialing agency (accredited by NCCA). Graduates also receive CPR certification through the American Heart Association. 

Caris College Acute/Clinical Technician Program graduates can use their professional training and certifications to seek employment in a variety of healthcare settings.

Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

Mobile Blood Drive
(American Red Cross)


Dialysis Centers

Healthcare Clinics

Urgent Care Centers

Rehabilitation Centers

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