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Pima Medical Institute Announces New Patient Care Technician Program

Posted: September 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker

Mesa, Ariz. – (Sept. 23, 2014) Pima Medical Institute, a leading private health care career college, announced today it will offer a Patient Care Technician (PCT) program at its East Valley campus, located in Mesa, Arizona.

The PCT program is for those interested in a career field that is seeing growth in settings such as hospitals, dialysis facilities and home health care agencies.

The new certification allows graduates to wear many hats in the health care industry by offering a wide variety of courses, taught by instructors with vast experience. Once they graduate, Pima Medical alumni can go on to work as patient care technicians in multiple settings and will possess a variety of skills.

“After researching the market demand for patient care technicians with our advisory board members and focus groups, we decided to fill a void by meeting the employment needs of our partners,” said Pima Medical Institute President and Chief Operating Officer, Fred Freedman.

“We look forward to the success of our future graduates and ongoing success of our healthcare community partners.”

Patient care technicians have very hands-on careers. They work on a daily basis with patients, their families, doctors and nurses and are responsible for a variety of tasks, such as taking vital signs, administering electrocardiographs (ECGs), drawing blood, removing sutures and staples, managing wound care, operating dialysis equipment and much more.
Pima Medical Institute Patient Care Technology

Kimberly Gibson, left, a Pima Medical Institute medical assistant student, and Cheryl Iverson, lead instructor for Pima Medical Institute's new patient care technician (PCT) program, practice wound care at the school's East Valley campus in Mesa on Sept. 19. PCT classes begin next month. Students will learn many skills, including wound care. 
Courses during the PCT program include phlebotomy, emergency room training, infection control, ECG training, hemodialysis concepts and communication.

“Certified nursing assistants who successfully complete the patient care technician program will receive the advanced training and skills necessary to increase their employment opportunities in the healthcare industry,” said Pima Medical Institute East Valley Campus Director Bill Wiechertjes.

“Individuals with increased knowledge and advanced skills will have the potential to obtain positions in the job market that could provide more challenging and fulfilling vocational experiences. It will also vastly improve their opportunities to be employed in a hospital setting,” Wiechertjes added.

To learn more about the program, visit Pima Medical's patient care technician page.

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Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.

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