Course Summary
Credit Type:
NHA’s certification exams are administered at PSI and NHA-approved test sites around the country, including postsecondary institutions, high schools, career colleges, and military bases. Online live remote proctoring is also available through PSI and Prom
2 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 patient care technician
The cut score for this exam is 390


NHA’s Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification may be earned by eligible candidates who pass the CPCT/A exam, which is designed to assess knowledge and skills associated with critical competencies of entry-level patient care technician/assistant. The exam is comprised of 4-option multiple choice questions (100 items, 20 pretest), with a time limit of 2 hours. The exam is administered by trained proctors either at PSI test sites or NHA-authorized test sites at schools, military bases, and other approved locations. To be eligible for the exam, candidates must either complete a training program or have relevant work experience. NHA does not provide qualifying training.

Skills Measured:

The CPCT/A exam measures knowledge associated with critical competencies of entry-level patient care technicians: patient care; compliance, safety, and professional responsibility; infection control; phlebotomy; and EKG.
Instruction & Assessment
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