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Patient Care Technician

Get the skills to work directly with patients in this fast-growing healthcare position.

Patient Care Technician

Get the skills to work directly with patients in this fast-growing healthcare position.

5 Weeks

Program Length

CPCT/A

Certification

Issuing Authority

Female patient care technician provides care to an elderly patient.

Career Insight

What does a Patient Care Technician do?

As a certified Patient Care Technician, you’ll work hand-in-hand with nurses and care directly for patients, meeting essential day-to-day needs. You’ll have to utilize the training and knowledge you’ll gain from this course and combine it with your nurturing nature to provide excellent patient care. It’s also helpful if you are organized and detail-oriented since you’ll need to be precise when taking and recording patient vitals. Some, but certainly not all, of your day-to-day tasks could include:

 Basic patient care like bathing, feeding, and catheter care

 Ensuring the cleanliness of patient rooms and conducting safety checks

 Offering emotional support to patients and families

 Acquiring, distributing, and administering patient care supplies

 Obtaining EKG readings and monitor vital signs

 Accommodate any additional patient needs

300,231

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of PCTs to grow 29% through 2026, which is much faster than the 7% average growth rate predicted for all other occupations. In addition, while salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, patient care technicians earn between $29,824 and $38,281 per year on average.
 

Note: Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, salary.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

The demand for healthcare workers is ever-increasing and opportunities for patient care technicians are increasing at a similar rate. Patient care technicians have many options available for work location and environment including hospitals, home care agencies, or nursing homes. Others find employment in doctors’ offices, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Due to the 24/7 nature of healthcare, some positions might require night or weekend hours. And, did you know that Patient Care Aide ranks #2 on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Jobs Without a College Degree” list?

This program will help you develop an understanding of today’s healthcare system, proper ethical and documentation practices, and caring for patients regardless of age or condition. It will also prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification exam. Individuals who have earned the CPCT/A credential have the skills to find jobs as:

 Patient Care Technician

 Certified Patient Care Assistant

Hospital Care Technician

 Home Health Aide

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

The demand for healthcare workers is ever-increasing and opportunities for patient care technicians are increasing at a similar rate. Patient care technicians have many options available for work location and environment including hospitals, home care agencies, or nursing homes. Others find employment in doctors’ offices, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Due to the 24/7 nature of healthcare, some positions might require night or weekend hours. And, did you know that Patient Care Aide ranks #2 on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Jobs Without a College Degree” list?

This program will help you develop an understanding of today’s healthcare system, proper ethical and documentation practices, and caring for patients regardless of age or condition. It will also prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification exam. Individuals who have earned the CPCT/A credential have the skills to find jobs as:

 Patient Care Technician

 Certified Patient Care Assistant

 Hospital Care Technician

Home Health Aide

300,231

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of PCTs to grow 29% through 2026, which is much faster than the 7% average growth rate predicted for all other occupations. In addition, while salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, patient care technicians earn between $29,824 and $38,281 per year on average.
 

Note: Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, salary.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-led online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-let online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Certified Patient Care Technician

The Patient Care Technician program is designed to equip you with the skills necessary to provide excellent patient care in a medical environment and to provide the knowledge to achieve the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) credential.

Healthcare is rapidly evolving and patient care technicians are in higher demand than ever before. Becoming an NHA-Certified PCT gives you the confidence to perform patient care tasks and shows that you are better prepared to handle the responsibilities of patient care than CNAs or PCTs who are uncertified.

This 5-week online certification program provides an overview of today’s healthcare system, teaches proper ethical and documentation practices, and how to care for patients regardless of age or condition.

Scheduling Details

Schedule: Coursework available 24/7

Total Course Hours: 100

Estimated Completion Time: 

Set your own pace…You decide how quickly you want to get certified.

  • Students who commit 20 hours/week can complete in 5 weeks.
  • Students who commit 10 hours/week can complete in 10 weeks.

Maximum time to complete: Students have access to the online course materials for 12 months.

Instruction & Evaluation Strategies
  • Expert-led online video training
  • Skills demonstrations, simulations, and online activities to aid learning
  • Quizzes and Exams
Books and Materials Used:
  • Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician
  • Workbook for Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician

Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition.

Outline/Lessons
  • Lesson 1: Introduction To Today’s Healthcare
  • Lesson 2: The Patient
  • Lesson 3: Safety: Part 1
  • Lesson 4: Safety: Part 2
  • Lesson 5: Patient Assessments
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
  • Understand the importance of trends present in today’s health care system and their role as patient care technician (PCT).
  • Gain awareness of various ethical and legal ramifications that are part of the core responsibilities of being a PCT at a health care facility.
  • Define and comprehend commonly used terms within the health care sphere – including anatomical, neurological, physiological, and psychological ones as provided within the text.
  • Comprehend various ways the workplace for employees, patients, vendors, and visitors can be presented as safe and sanitary as possible.
  • Develop an understanding as to how to administer care to patients including basic emergency care, reading vital signs, etc.
  • Providing patient assistance within a health care facility in a professional and courteous manner (e.g. bathing, grooming, fluid discharges, oxygen needs, etc.).
  • Apply concepts learned to assist patients in different intake and outtake scenarios that would be common at a health care facility (e.g. surgery, temperature-specific, rehabilitative, and restorative care).
  • Comprehend and apply techniques learned to specific patient demographics, mental capacities, and condition levels.

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When choosing a school, it’s important to consider how it will fit in with your life. You’ll need the right program, the right funding, and the right resources and support to help you succeed.

In addition to offering comprehensive student support dedicated to helping you reach your goals, NTI’s online programs work within your schedule. Call today at (469) 930-2404 to connect with an advisor or fill out the form below. We’re here to help!

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