Patient Care Assistant/Technician

Patient care technicians/assistants work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, wound care centers, nursing homes, home care agencies or long-term care facilities and physician’s offices.

​Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals rely on patient care technicians/assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients.

The routine tasks of a PCT include:

  • responding to patient calls and requests for as​sistance
  • bathing and dressing patients
  • assisting with personal hygiene
  • serving meals
  • monitoring/recording vital signs

PCTs are required to observe, record and report temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rates, a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional condition.

A patient care technician must also be able to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), collect blood samples (phlebotomy) and perform other clinical duties.

Patient Care Assistant (CE Skills Award)

Courses Required:

  • NUPC 1020 - Patient Care Tech/ Assistant I
  • NURA 1091 - Patient Care Tech/Assistant II

Patient Care Technician (CE Skills Award)

Courses Required:

  • NURA 1001 - Nurse Aide for Health Care
  • NURA 1060 - CNA Clinical
  • ECRD 1011 - EGK Technician
  • PLAB 1023 - Phlebotomy Essentials
  • NURA 2005 - Patient Care Technician Review

​​Important: Check the CE schedule​ to verify if and when the class is currently being offered.

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