Start Your Healthcare Career Now

Nashville State Community College, HCA Healthcare Foundation/TriStar Health, and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) have teamed up to create a new accelerated career pipeline to the high-demand healthcare industry. Working together, the three organizations are educating and creating a pathway for needed patient care technicians, particularly for residents in historically underserved areas, in healthcare facilities throughout the Metro Nashville area.

What is a Patient Care Technician?

Whether in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care facility, or a doctor’s office, technicians play a vital role in patient care. Working directly with patients and nurses, technicians typically assist with:

  • Managing food and liquid intake
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Drawing blood
  • Serving meals
  • Administering IVs
  • Changing bedding

Benefits of a Patient Care Technician:

  • High-demand career position in the healthcare industry
  • Average pay is $14 an hour
  • Provide critical primary care to patients
  • Being a patient care technician can serve as a stepping stone to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse/Registered Nurse or other healthcare careers

Program Details

Students will receive two weeks of classroom and lab instruction in a state-of-the-art simulation lab at the Nashville State Community College White Bridge campus. Following the completion of those two weeks, students will be placed for one week in a TriStar Health facility for their clinical rotation.

The clinical rotation provides hands-on learning experiences in a supervised and structured format, where students acquire the necessary skills.

  • Classroom/Simulation Room: Two weeks (32 hours)
    • Monday-Thursday evenings (4 hours/day)
    • Location: Nashville State Community College, White Bridge campus
  • Clinical Time: One week (36 hours)
    • Location: Nashville TriStar Health Facility


The program is free.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 18 years old
  • Must be able to pass drug and background screening (to be eligible for possible post-program employment)

How to Apply

If you are interested in enrolling in the June, July, September, or October sessions, please email


Should you have any questions, please contact:

Cynthia Waller, Ph.D., RN, MSN
Dean of Healthcare Professions
Nashville State Community College