Patient care technicians (PCTs) work alongside doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care environments. PCTs help patients with tasks they may not be able to do for themselves, such as eating, getting out of bed and personal hygiene.
Patient care technicians perform the duties of a certified nurse aide (CNA) but are also trained to perform some basic medical duties, such as EKG readings and phlebotomy (drawing blood).
Becoming a patient care technician prepares you for entry-level positions in the health care industry if you want to go right to work. The position is also an excellent foundation for medical careers such as nursing, radiologic sciences and imaging specialties.
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A patient care technician:
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