Patient Care Technician
Patient Care Technician Diploma Program
Become a Patient Care Technician in 36 Weeks
The Patient Care Technician program at Cambridge gives students the education and practical training they need to become Patient Care Technicians. In just 36 weeks, students learn how to support the medical team and deliver physical and mental healthcare to patients of all ages. Our program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully gain entry-level employment in a variety of healthcare settings.
What Is a Patient Care Technician?
Patient Care Technicians work under the supervision of nursing staff and a care team. They directly support patients during hospital stays and medical visits.
Patient Care Technicians hold a wide range of responsibilities, including:
- Collecting specimens, running tests and recording the results
- Monitoring the patient’s condition and keeping the care team informed
- Checking a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate and pulse
- Keeping track of the patients’ food and liquid consumption
- Providing emotional support to patients
- Bringing patients to diagnostic imaging processes
- Working to improve a patient’s comfort and overall experience
Why Choose Cambridge
As a student at Cambridge, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits by participating in our programs, including:
- Hands-on training: Cambridge offers the necessary hands-on training necessary to perform all required clinical procedures. Plus, students have the opportunity to train in local facilities to gain real-world experience.
- Supportive and experienced staff: Our staff know the actual experience of being a patient care technician. Dedicated to your success, they’ll guide you through the program with a hands-on approach and be your go-to resource for any help you need.
- Job placement services: Through our partnerships with local medical centers, our career services department will help you find your first entry-level position through job placement. Plus, our human resources professionals are here to provide you with career coaching, resume building and interviewing techniques.
Patient Care Technician Work Environments
Patient Care Technicians can work in a variety of healthcare settings throughout their career. These settings include:
- Nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- Home health care
- Doctors’ offices
What Is the Career Outlook for Patient Care Technicians?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for Patient Care Technicians is projected to grow 5% between 2021 and 2031. The top five states with the highest employment of patient care technicians are Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Combined with nursing assistants, over 200,000 job openings are expected between 2021 and 2031. This is due to the need to replace people who change occupations or leave the labor market entirely due to retirement or other life circumstances.
Patient Care Technician Salary
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for Patient Care Technicians per year was $29,990 in May 2021. Salaries will range by location, work environment and experience level.
Patient Care Technician Curriculum
Cambridge’s Patient Care Technician program provides you with the fundamental training you need to work in the healthcare field. You’ll learn how to care for patients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll also learn how to assist nurses and other healthcare professionals and perform a range of procedures.
Patient Care Technician Courses
- Home health
- Healthcare and body systems
- Patient care
- Nursing Assistance
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Patient Care Technician?
Patient care technicians are medical professionals. They assist patients with everyday care while collaborating with the care team. Their ultimate purpose is to ensure patients feel at ease and are properly tended to in a healthcare setting. Duties may include taking vital signs, transferring patients around a clinic for procedures and serving patients meals.
How do I Become a Patient Care Technician?
To become a Patient Career Technician, you must first complete an approved educational course. You’ll also have to pass the NCLEX exam, a certification exam before the National Healthcare Association, and obtain certification from the state in which you will work.
Some employers and states may have additional requirements, such as passing a background check and completing continuing education credits or training.
What Types of Courses Will I Take?
During your 36-week program, you’ll take a variety of courses to prepare you for a successful career as a Patient Care Technician. These include learning how to collect blood and urine samples, how to deliver patient care and electrocardiography.
What Certifications Will I Need?
The NCLEX exam is a certification exam you’ll have to pass before the National Healthcare Association. You’ll also have to obtain certification from the state in which you live and work.
Once successful in the completion of this program, students receive their Patient Care Technician certification.
- Patient Care Technician Certification and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam
- 36-week course
- Focused curriculum
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