A Day in the Life: Patient Care Technician
Caring for others is your calling and you want to start your career within a year to take advantage of the increased need in the healthcare field. Why not consider our eleven-month Patient Care Technician program? My name's Darnell, and I'm proud to be a patient care technician.
What's a Typical Day Like for a Patient Care Technician?
During my Patient Care Technician program, I decided to focus on being a phlebotomist. This was just one option to focus my career. A phlebotomist draws blood from patients, takes care of lab equipment, takes care of patients while in the lab and ship samples as applicable. I work under the registered nurse's supervision and perform numerous important tasks at the hospital. While I was a student, I had the opportunity to complete a clinical externship at a busy hospital in the area. They were so pleased with my work during the externship, they offered me a job upon graduation. I work closely with Coronavirus patients, which I find extremely rewarding.
What Career Opportunities are Available for Patient Care Technicians?
Patient care technicians work in the following settings: hospitals, surgical centers, private clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, outpatient centers, and others. Many paths for advancement exist for patient care technicians, for healthcare is a rapidly expanding career field. Patient care technicians could become phlebotomists, EKG technicians, or even nurses themselves (with additional training and education). Starting as a patient care technician is an excellent way to determine if a medical career is right for you.
Why Choose Rockford Career College?
At Rockford Career College, you could earn your patient care technician diploma in as little as 11 months! This hybrid program allows you to complete some coursework from home and still receive hands-on training in the classroom. Courses such as Medical Terminology, Pathology, Dialysis Technology and Devices, Nursing Assistant Administration, and Electrocardiography prepare you for situations you could encounter in your future career. As a student, you will also have the opportunity to complete a clinical externship. After graduation, you could also sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) examination held by the National Healthcareer Association.
The Rockford Career College staff understand that finding an employer is your top priority. To assist you in your search, the career services team reaches out to local employers, helps craft resumes, holds practice interviews, and more. Many RCC graduates find employment in the local area, particularly with their externship sites. You are not on your own. All the faculty and staff members are ready to help you accomplish your career goals.
If you are considering becoming a patient care technician, admissions representatives would love to discuss your career options and plans with you. Call 888.6806682 or submit the Request Information form online today. There are many patients who could use your help!
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