Patient Care Technician

  • Job Openings
  • Salary Range
  • 600+
  • $25,000 - $70,000

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Important Facts

Patient care technicians tend to the ill and injured individuals under the supervision of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals. Their duties include taking vital signs, collecting specimens, performing catheterization, and assisting patients with eating, personal hygiene, and grooming. In order to become a Patient Care Technician, the student first has to pass the required coursework to become a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA). Patient care technicians often use their training and experience to pursue more advanced healthcare careers.

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Course Overview

This program follows the curriculum guidelines of the New York State Education Department and covers medical terminology, general patient care, patient care and preparation related to phlebotomy and EKG, safety, professional responsibilities, infection control, vital signs, and CPR.

This program introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, the functions and composition of blood, common blood tests and their normal ranges, as well as the procedures and equipment used for specimen and blood collection. 

This program will also present an introduction to the EKG Unit, electrocardiography procedures, and cardiac anatomy. It will teach students to recognize cardiac emergencies, prepare patients for EKG, read and interpret EKG reports, identify normal value ranges for EKG records, and recognize reportable abnormalities. The course will provide an overview of EKG-related procedures, such as ultrasound cardiography, Holter monitoring, and stress tests. Students will learn how to operate the EKG machine, record the cardiac cycle, and perform a 12-Lead electrocardiogram.
Certification Exams

NHA Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), NHA Certified EKG Technician (CET), and NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Employment

Hospitals, private cardiology clinics, and long-term care facilities

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*Job search results on Indeed.com conducted November-December 2018
** US Bureau of Labor Statistics & ExploreMedicalCareers.com