The Patient Care Technician
Plays an important function as members of the health care team. The program is designed to educate and train individuals to function as nursing support personnel and by the virtue of their training, they are placed above the level of certified nursing assistants but below the level of vocational nurses. While nursing assistants work primarily in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, patient care technicians also work in hospital settings. Essentially, they are trained to support the nursing team by performing duties that may be safely and legally delegated to them by the nursing staff.
Also, the students receive special training in the areas of principles of infection control, cross-training in basic health care skills, ethical and legal concepts and changes in various body systems. Students are trained to observe the safety rules, activities of daily living, vital signs, professionalism, and communication skills. Topics like death and dying (grief and loss concepts) consideration of growth and developments, are all covered in the PCT training.
And above all, both lectures and skills laboratory practice are used to prepare the students to meet the objective. Skills such as Foley catheter care, collection of specimens, enemas, colostomy care, sterile dressing changes and vital signs are covered. The basic phlebotomy skills, blood glucose monitoring and the EKG training are all parts of the patient care technician training. A total of 128 clock hours of practical training helps equip the students with the knowledge to administer basic nursing care to patients of all age groups.
The patient care technician (PCT) is a 13 weeks program with classes scheduled four days a week from Monday to Thursday six hours a day.