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Patient Care Technician

HEALTHCARE

Description

A patient care technician aids doctors, nurses and other medical professionals by tending to ill and injured individuals under their supervision. This often entails taking notes on patient care, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, performing catheterization, and assisting patients with every day tasks like eating, hygiene, grooming, and making assessments on their care.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Patient care
  • Vital signs measurement
  • Phlebotomy
  • Dialysis
  • Patient assistance

Career Options

Career Options

Most program graduates work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important health care tasks such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. They usually work full time in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, or extended care facilities.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-solving skills

Patient Care Technician Numbers to Know

$32K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months needed to complete career training

3

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