Are you interested in helping doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with the daily care that is critical for many patients? A career as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) may be ideal for you.
Whether working in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home or long-term care facility, PCTs play a vital role in patient care, helping people with daily tasks as well as basic medical procedures. Responsibilities can include serving meals, managing food and liquid intake, changing bedding and assisting with restroom needs, as well as offering emotional support to patients and families. In addition, PCTs are skilled at measuring and monitoring vital signs, drawing blood, administering IVs and performing CPR.
Like many healthcare-related jobs, becoming a PCT requires a high school diploma and the completion of a state-approved training program. Since PCTs work closely with patients and help them through stressful times, it is important to have good communication and people skills. Patience, compassion and attention detail are also essential qualities for anyone considering career as a PCT.
One of the advantages of the patient care technician training program is that it can be completed in less than a year. This makes it a convenient option if you do not have time to enroll in a longer nurse training program. If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse, the experience you gain as a PCT might help you make a smoother transition should you decide to go back to school.
Another advantage of becoming a patient care technician is that, as the baby-boom population continues to age, PCTs will be needed to care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities. As a result, employment for this type of work is expected to grow nine percent between now and 2028 – faster than the average growth for other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dorson Vocational Training Institute’s Patient Care Technician course prepares graduates to work as an entry level technician in a clinic, hospital or long-term care facility. You will be able to check vital signs, assist in medical examinations and perform electrocardiograms, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy.
Our program combines lectures, practical exercises in the medical laboratory and real-world experience during the externship position of training conducted off-campus 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 online form.