Patient care technicians/assistants work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, wound care centers, nursing homes, home care agencies or long-term care facilities and physician’s offices.
Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals rely on patient care technicians/assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients.
The routine tasks of a PCT include:
PCTs are required to observe, record and report temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rates, a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional condition.
A patient care technician must also be able to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), collect blood samples (phlebotomy) and perform other clinical duties.
Richland College Allied Health Certificate Programs provide students with quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare education and training to produce job-ready individuals who fulfill the needs of healthcare employers and the community.
Looking to earn more? A career as a Patient Care Technician can start you on the path to a great career in health care.