Patient Care Technician

patient care technician

The Patient Care Technician program combines basic knowledge with applied skills mastered in the classroom and laboratory. Graduates will be certified in CPR, First Aid and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator). Students will also be eligible to take national certification exams to become certified as Phlebotomists, Patient Care Technicians and or EKG Technicians. The student will also possess skills for ward secretary and monitor tech.

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Megan Deason

Patient Care Technician Major
Graduation Date: May 2018

Ultimately, Megan Deason is interested in becoming a nurse. But in the meantime, she sees the Patient Care Technician program at Piedmont Technical College as a way to get to work in a hospital environment more quickly—and to start developing some of the knowledge she’ll need when she decides to go on.

Career Information

Career Tracks

  • Average Entry Level Salary: $26,010.00
  • 97% placement rate of 2014 - 2016 graduates

Entry Level Employment

  • Phlebotomists
  • Patient Care Technicians
  • EKG Technicians
  • Ward Secretary
  • Monitor Tech

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Program Information

The Patient Care Technician program combines basic knowledge with applied skills mastered in the classroom and laboratory.

PCT's have additional training that expands the role of the nursing assistant. Your duties may include giving ECG's, taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature, acting as a phlebotomist, and assisting with medications under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. It is a multi-skilled field where you will find possibilities for growth and advancement. Being a certified PCT can be an exciting and rewarding chapter in your life.

Graduates of the program will be qualified for work in the hospital, outpatient, nursing home or other health care facilities. The job outlook for a PCT is currently very good. Employment opportunities are expected to continue to rise in the future. 

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