ACI Medical & Dental School offers a secondary Patient Care Technician program included in our Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy, EKG and Patient Care Technician primary program. This secondary program focuses on providing students with the skills and requirements necessary to become a certified Patient Care Technician.
ACI students have a higher pass rate on National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exams than the national average:
|Exam||ACI 2017 Pass Rate||2017 National Average|
|Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A)||92%||77%|
What Does a Patient Care Technician Do?
Patient Care Technicians work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other health care settings. Sometimes called Patient Care Assistants, they work closely with nurses and doctors, assisting patients with daily living activities as well as assisting with basic medical procedures.
The responsibilities of Patient Care Technicians include:
- Transferring patients
- Phlebotomy procedures
- Administering EKGs
- Obtaining vital signs
- Range of motion exercises
- Operating dialysis equipment
- Managing wounds and changing dressings
- Performing emergency room procedures
- Identifying and managing shortness of breath
- Assisting patients with feeding and management of colostomies
- Overseeing patient medications
- Sterilization of treatment areas and equipment
Our current Medical Assistant program includes this Patient Care Technician component.
What is the Job Outlook for Patient Care Technicians?
A Patient Care Technician is a critical member of a healthcare team who can fulfill many responsibilities throughout the course of their day. Like all jobs in the medical and dental fields, Patient Care Technicians are in high demand. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for this position is expected to grow 17% by 2024, much faster than the average growth across all occupations. There has never been a better time to pursue a job in the medical and dental fields, so schedule an appointment today to learn more about how you can become a Patient Care Technician at ACI Medical & Dental school.