Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician

A PCT works alongside nurses, doctors, as well as other healthcare professionals to help provide quality patient care. PCTs oftentimes will have more contact with patients than anyone else.  In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities they tend to work assisting patients with tasks that they are unable of doing for themselves. This may include: taking a bath, brushing teeth, getting out of bed, eating, etc. In short, a PCT is a CNA who also has Medical Assistant training. Therefore, they have a considerably broad skill-set that includes phlebotomy and ekg and are capable of performing a multitude of tasks. PCTs tend to work in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, clinics, etc.

PCT Course Curriculum

In a clinic or doctor’s office a PCT will normally perform the administrative and clinical tasks that keep the offices of licensed health practitioners running smoothly. More specifically they: greet patients, take vital signs, administer medication, prepare/instruct the patient for their examination, maintain medical records, etc. The program curriculum includes:

Introduction to Medical Assisting

The Profession of Medical Assisting; Types of Medical Practice; Legal and Ethical Issues in Medical Practice, Including HIPAA; Communication with Patients

Administrative Medical Assisting

Using and Maintaining Office Equipment; Using Computers in the Office; Managing Correspondence and Mail; Managing Office Supplies; Maintaining Patient Records; Interacting With Patients; Financial Responsibilities

Clinical Medical Assisting

Principles of Asepsis; Infection-Control Techniques; HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens; Preparing the Examination and Treatment Areas; Assisting With Patients; Physician's Office Laboratory Procedures

Anatomy and Physiology

Organization of the Body; The Integumentary System; The Skeletal System; The Muscular System; The Nervous System; The Circulatory System; The Immune System; The Respiratory System; The Digestive System; The Endocrine System; Special Senses; The Urinary System; The Reproductive System

Specialty Practice and Medical Emergencies

Assisting With Examinations in the Basic Specialities; Medical Emergencies and First Aid; Assisting WIth Minor Surgery; Assisting With Cold and Heat Therapy and Ambulation

Nutrition, Pharmacology, and Diagnostic Equipment

Nutrition and Special Diets; Principles of Pharmacology; Drug Administration; Electrocardiography and Pulmonary Function Testing; X-Rays and Diagnostic Radiology

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Program Prerequisites*
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Patient Care Technician program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.
*You may still meet the Pre-requisites for Program Participation if you are a current or past Healthcare professional, whether or not your profession is listed above irrespective of the amount of time that has passed since you were last in the medical field. In addition, consideration is given for medical work experience and schooling that meets certain criteria, regardless of whether or not it is healthcare-related.  More information about other ways to quailfy can be found on the Qualification web page.
 

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