How to Become a Patient Care Technician


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A Patient Care Tech or PCT, works in a hospital or other medical related establishment. They work in almost every department in the hospital helping patients by meeting their needs as best they can. It takes someone special to become a PCT, you have to have a heart of gold and a passion for people.

A patient care technician also adopts the skills of a phlebotomy technician, EKG technician and patient care skills.

Steps To Becoming a PCT

Become a CNA

Most community colleges or Nursing and Healthcare institutions like the American Health Institute have a program that can train the student and make them eligible for National Certification Exam to be a certified patient care technician by National Certification Career Association.

  • Schooling generally only takes a few months but it can be done in as little as 4 weeks.
  • Classes begin with a general knowledge of the human body.
  • Continues with the duties and responsibilities of a CNA.
  • After a person has enough classroom hours and has checked off of everything it is time to start clinical.

Take the Test

  • Taking the state test certifies a person and shows their future employers that they have learned the skills they need to know and understand how to use them.
  • Takes generally about 2 hours to complete the written test and the comprehension exam.
  • You will need the following to take your state test both written and comprehension:
    • #2 pencil
    • A watch
    • Hair pulled back out of face
    • Clean make up (nothing dark and heavy)

Getting a Job

When a person becomes certified as a PCT they can work in a variety of different places.

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home health Care
  • Adult day care for mental challenged adults

Read More: How to write a resume to work as a Patient Care Technician

Apply for the Job

  • Different places require different things for the applicants applying for a certain job.
  • In a hospital they usually have you fill out a personality survey and ask you questions on how you would handle things that would occur in a hospital.
  • Nursing homes usually have you fill out an application at home and when you come in to turn your app in or come for an interview they have you watch a movie about the history and back ground of that certain facility.
  • Home Health Care places so a back ground check first and for most about you. They can’t have people going into the elderly home and have a criminal record of stealing or something of that nature.
  • Adult Care is the same as a nursing home when it comes to filling out applications. They do a background check and do an evaluation of how you interact with the clients. They have a lot of different areas they have to cover to make sure you are prepared and responsible for the job.

Set Some Goals

No matter what your future aspirations are, set goals for yourself. If you do not plan on continuing your education, set professional development goals such as joining the professional organization, reading journals, or anything else which would interest you. If you plan to continue in school, make a plan for that as well. It is fine for your goals to be somewhat flexible, however set a time frame initially to strive for completion.

We determine our own destiny with regards to our nursing career, both on an individual level as well as a much larger level. Being a great PCT is possible!

Request more information now and experience a program that can help you achieve your goals.

  • Course plan customized to meets the needs of the busy adult
  • Day and evening classes
  • Support and financial aid planning
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