Choose a career with many different paths such as Patient Care Technician
Trying to figure out your next career step? Want to get into healthcare but take a first step that won’t break the bank and get into the field quickly? Consider a career as a patient care technician. A Patient Care Technician assists doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in providing direct patient care in a variety of healthcare environments, but mostly geared toward the hospital setting. Graduates of this program will be prepared with the following skills:
- Provide basic patient care
- Acquire and distribute patient care supplies
- Change bed linens and process dirty linens properly
- Perform safety checks to keep patient rooms clean and clutter-free
- Maintain clear paths in hallways, clear and return equipment that is no longer in use
- Obtain EKG readings
- Perform phlebotomy procedures
Within the Patient Care Technician program, you as a student will obtain three certificates. The first certificate will be one in Patient Care Technician. This certificate is your proof of knowledge and dedication to this particular portion of the total program in which you will learn many direct patient care skills such as: sterile procedures, dressing patients, inserting & cleaning a catheter and many more. Once the total program is complete, you will have the option to become nationally certified. Once nationally certified, you will have the ability to place “CPCT” behind your name and adopt the title of Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT). This national certification shows your competency in the subject at hand, and is a certification that will assist in forming an impressive resume.
The second class within the Patient Care Technician program is the EKG/Cardiac Monitor Technician program. Once successfully completed, you are eligible to sit for a separate national exam as well to become a Certified EKG Technician (CET). As an EKG/Cardiac Monitor Technician you will have the main job duty of performing EKG’s on patients, whether that be in-patient or out-patient. During the duration of this program, you will gain knowledge in many areas such as: anatomy, physiology, blood flow to and from the heart, how to hook up and run an EKG and the various heart rhythms and how to interpret them. The vast knowledge gained will assist in the workforce and will give you the ability to recognize life-threatening heart arrhythmias.
The final part of this 15 week program would be Phlebotomy Technician! As a phlebotomist you will have the important job duty of collecting various specimens such as: blood, urine, saliva and more. A blood specimen is the most common specimen collected and is the one that requires much practice and repetition to master. In the class you will learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, evacuated tube blood draws, dermal punctures, butterfly method, and so much more. For the duration of this program it is imperative to work toward completing 100 blood draw procedures as it will assist in gaining employment, and will give you the repetition and practice necessary to be well on your way to becoming a pro! This class also give you the opportunity to sit for a national exam and become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
A patient care technician wears quit a few “hats” and is a real asset to any facility due to their multifaceted educational knowledge. Consider this field when you are choosing your career!