Patient Care Technicians are Vital to Patients and Medical Staff
Do you love the idea of working with patients but don’t see yourself as a doctor? Training for a career as a Patient Care Technician offers you the opportunity to serve and care for people while making a meaningful difference in their lives.
Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) provide basic hands-on health care and support to the ill, injured and elderly staying in a hospital or other medical facility. They regularly visit patients to monitor their health and vital signs, such as checking blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and temperature, and administer medications prescribed by nurses or physicians. They may assist medical staff during treatments, provide emotional support before and after treatments and help patients with basic tasks like eating, using the restroom and grooming. PCTs also are responsible for keeping patients’ rooms clean, sanitized and orderly each day.
Efficiency, patience, compassion and a positive attitude are essential qualities for those considering a career as a PCT. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are necessary in order to listen to patients and fully understand their needs. PCTs also must be able to clearly communicate treatment and medication plans to patients and their families, as well as convey information to nurses and doctors about their patients’ conditions.
PCTs play a vital role in patient care – whether working in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home or long-term care facility. So, it’s no surprise that demand for technicians is on the rise and the job market will continue to be strong as the aging population requires more health care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment to grow 11% from 2016 through 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations.
Experience is not required, but potential Patient Care Technicians must complete a state-approved education program where they learn the basics of nursing as well as supervised clinical work. Students also have to pass a state exam which allows them to be hired within that state. PCTs usually receive on-the-job training by their employer and learn their specific policies. They can choose to advance and become a registered nurse, which requires additional coursework, exams and work experience.
Dorson Vocational Training Institute’s Patient Care Technician program combines lectures, practical exercises in the medical laboratory and real-world experience at a medical facility. We are fully licensed by the State of New Jersey and our courses are certified by The National Health Association. To learn more about our Patient Care Technician course or other healthcare classes and training programs, call us at 973-676-6300 or fill out our contact form.