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Patient Care Technician at a Glance

Note: Patient Care Technician is a Continuing Education/non-credit program.

What does a patient care technician do?

  • Records vital signs, height, weight, input output, collect and test specimens, report and record patients condition and patient treatments.
  • Work along side doctors and nurses with medical examinations, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs), basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy.
  • Assist patients with their mobility – turn and positioning, do range of motion exercises, transferring patients to and from wheelchair, assist with ambulation.

What is the career outlook?

  • Patient care technicians can work in a variety of different environments including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, assisted living facilities, nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
  • PCTs typically work 40 hour work-weeks with various hours and may include nights and weekends.
  • Involves direct patient care and make require lifting.
  • In Texas: median salaries range between $32,000 - $34,000 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

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Patient Care Technician
Join Project OnRamp and earn your Patient Care Technician Certification in less than six months, which covers tuition and expenses for the program up to $2200. To apply, click OnRamp PCT Application (PDF - 358KB). For more information on Brookhaven's PCT program, please view the Patient Care Technician information packet.

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*Indeed 2014 Patient Care Technician Salary in Texas