Patient care technicians (PCTs) are essential to the medical industry because they work behind the scenes to take care of the technical details that make a huge difference in patients' lives. As a patient care technician, you will care for patients daily and contribute to saving lives. With your support, patients can get through the rough days of being sick or injured at the hospital. Developing your technical and workplace skills can build a strong foundation for this job.
Health care jobs are in demand, as it is projected this industry will grow by 16 percent between 2020 and 2030, more than any other industry. A career in health care can also be rewarding, especially if you enjoy interacting with and caring for patients daily.
Becoming a PCT requires both technical and workplace skills. You will need at least a high school diploma or GED to become a patient care technician. During the program, you will learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, safety, medical laws, medical records management, and more.
Some people choose to work as a patient care technician while completing their education for another health care career. For example, if you want to become a registered nurse or go on to medical school to become a doctor, working as a PCT can help you gain clinical experience and pay for your education at the same time.
Upon completing the program, you'll need to pass the Certified Patient Care Technician National Health Association certification exam. Background check and additional conditions may be required for certain clinical placements.