Career Tracks: Patient Care Technician
Patient Care Technician is one of the most versatile careers in the medical field and is becoming very important in private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. It is a job that takes energy, stamina, dependability, honesty, and a strong desire to help. They are responsible for many different personal and professional tasks each day.
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 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.
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. Certification does expand your opportunities. It allows you to be considered by more employers. Many positions require certification. The NCPCT (certification) demonstrates mastery of medical methods and the
principles of quality patient care.
These employment statistics come from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor, and are as follows: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm.
- 80% placement rate for the 2015 - 2017 graduates
- The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $27,510.00.
- Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.
- employment in cities and towns of all sizes
Recent graduates have found work at:
- Active Day
- Beach Medical Weight Loss
- Bee Healthy
- Burton Center
- Compass Family Medicine
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Edgefield County Hospital
- Greenville Health System
- Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
- JF Hawkins Nursing Home
- Langston House
- Laurens County Memorial Hospital
- Lexington Medical Center
- Magnolia Manor
- National Health Care
- Newberry County Memorial Hospital
- Self Regional Healthcare
- Trinity Mission Health & Rehab
- Wesley Commons