Learn why patient care technicians enjoy rewarding careers with great growth potential.
Rewarding Career as a Patient Care Technician
Why become a patient care technician (PCT)? It feels highly rewarding, knowing that your compassion and support turned what could have been a difficult day for an elderly, ill or chronically sick person into a great one.
The Patient Care Technician delivers direct/indirect care to patients of all ages from neonate, infant, pediatric, adolescent, and adult to geriatric, under the delegation/direction/supervision of a physician, registered nurse, and/or licensed practical nurse. Assists in maintaining a safe, clean environment and performs clerical/administrative functions as assigned. They may work in dialysis centers where they are part of a professional team of clinicians, who are responsible for ensuring the comfort and safety of the patients in the dialysis center. Patient Care Technicians may also practice the skills and be further certified in Phlebotomy and EKG monitoring.
Our aging or chronically ill friends and family deserve caring staff who can protect their health and safety as well as enhance their quality of life. As a patient care technician, you could provide assistance with not only basic daily care activities, but life-saving medical care.
Since patient care technicians typically spend more one-on-one time with patients than other health care providers, you could form strong bonds with patients and be their emotional support.
You could be part of a team of caring, compassionate professionals dedicated to helping loved ones pursue new opportunities for discovery and growth. You could not only support them with their daily needs but also provide them with a valued friend and confidant. Over extended periods of time, you could positively impact many patients' lives. Since some patient’s care last for years, your bond with them may grow so strong, you feel they are part of your extended family.
Patient care technicians (also known as nursing assistants) held about 1.5 million jobs in 2016. The largest employers of PCT’s were as follows.1
• Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) 40%
• Hospitals; state, local, and private 26%
• Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly 11%
• Home healthcare services 5%
• Government 4%
Patient Care Technician Job Outlook and Salary
The need for patient care technicians is on the rise as the baby boomer generation has come to need more personalized medical attention.2 Although medical assistant and practical nurse are some of the more commonly discussed healthcare professions, the demand for patient care technicians is growing.
Our Diploma in Patient Care Technician program could prepare you for a new career in as little as eleven months. Courses cover essential topics such as Phlebotomy, Medical Ethics and Documentation, Pathology, Dialysis Technology and Devices, Electrocardiography, and many more. Both lecture and lab components are included in the program, and students participate in externships for additional hands-on experience. Students also receive exam preparation to sit for phlebotomist and/or EKG technician certification.
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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm#tab-3 (retrieved July 03, 2019).
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (retrieved July 03, 2019).
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