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7th August, 2017
Want to become a Patient Care Technician? Want to finish training in as little as 24 Weeks? Many career colleges help a full-time student complete a Patient Care Technician Program in as little as 24 weeks. A Patient Care Technician program prepares a graduate to work as an entry-level Patient Care Technician (PCT) in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, home health, mental health/psychiatric, and other health care facilities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the four skills needed to become a successful patient care technician.
Communication skills. Patient Care Technicians must be able to communicate effectively to work through patients’ or residents’ concerns. The patient care technician also needs to relay important information to other healthcare colleagues.
Compassion. Patient Care Technicians assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires that the patient care technician has a compassionate and empathetic attitude.
Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients can be stressful. Patient Care Technicians must have patience in order to perform these tasks.
Physical stamina. Patient Care Technicians spend much of their time on their feet. The patient care technician should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.
Disciplines a Career College Should Teach Patient Care Technicians
Charting – a patient care technician must know how to record a patient’s medical data and history including demographics, vital signs, diagnoses, medications and other important data to treat the patient.
CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; CPR helps oxygen and nutrients flow around the body in the blood while the person is unconscious.
First-Aid – help given to an injured person until full medical treatment is available. The care can include preserving the life of the patient, preventing the condition from getting worse, and promoting recovery.
Phlebotomy – also known as venipuncture, the puncture of a vein in order to withdraw.
EKG – Electrocardiogram; test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Patient Care Technicians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Baby Boomers make up about 26 percent of the population. As the baby-boom population ages, many Patient Care Technicians will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
The Patient Care Technician program at PCI Health Training Center is a 24 week, 600 Clock Hour program, combining 400 hours of theory & practical hands-on medical laboratory training, and a 200-hour real-world externship experience that takes place in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility. The Patient Care Technician program at PCI Health Training Center includes preparation for the state CNA written and skills.
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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.pcihealth.edu/consumer-information.
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