You love the idea of providing hands-on patient care to people who really need it. And because of your passion for helping others, you’re considering becoming a patient care technician (PCT). However, you aren’t quite sure what types of facilities you might be able to work in.
There’s good news: with a diploma from Cambridge, you’ll have a variety of different workplaces to choose from, so it’s really up to you to decide what kind of environment you’d like to experience.
Students who attend Cambridge’s Patient Care Technician program gain the knowledge and skill needed to become compelling job candidates for positions with many different medical entities. Here are some examples of where a PCT might work:
- Hospitals: PCTs are needed in hospitals to help with wound care, IV maintenance, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, and helping patients with hygiene.
- Emergency rooms (ER): The ER is always in need of PCTs who can stay calm under pressure and who can perform their work quickly but accurately. It’s a good setting for PCTs who enjoy challenges and fast-paced environments.
- Kidney care/dialysis centers: Dialysis patients might receive treatment multiple days a week for hours at a time, so dialysis centers need PCTs who are patient and empathetic.
- Rehabilitation facilities: Rehab PCTs (or rehab nursing techs) help patients recover from stroke, spinal cord injuries, neurological events, trauma and other debilitating conditions. Your work with these patients helps them make progress on their treatment plans.
- Long-term/residential care facilities: PCTs help long-term care residents manage their daily activities. You’ll help residents with hygiene, eating, dressing, moving and other tasks that they may not be able to do on their own.
No matter where you work, being a patient care tech is about people. Every day you’ll interact with patients who truly depend on your skill and your compassion to get them through the day.
This is what makes the PCT job very emotionally rewarding, but it can also be stressful. After all, not everyone is going to be in a great mood when you interact with them. PCTs must be patient, mature and able to help patients feel at ease even in difficult circumstances.
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology’s 36-week Patient Care Technician program prepares you for life as a PCT and makes you a viable job candidate with many different organizations.