As a patient care technician (PCT), you will have daily hands-on experiences with patients by helping them with procedures such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography (ECG), blood draws, hemodialysis and other needs.
You’ll work in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities and home health care agencies.
Because PCTs work with patients on a daily basis, they need to have solid communication skills and be empathetic and attentive to their needs.
While in school, the PCT training program will teach you the job duties and responsibilities of:
- Drawing blood
- Performing catheterizations
- Removing sutures and staples
- Managing wound care
- Administering ECGs
- Operating dialysis equipment and performing treatment procedures
- Performing emergency room skills (splints, immobilizations, nasogastric tube removal)
- Inserting intravenous saline locks