Other Certificates That You Can Obtain As A Patient Care Technician

Written by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

If you do not protect your heart, you will be more than sorry.“Good day Patient Care Technician! Would you prefer to change bedpans and bedding today or help with EKGs as well as collecting blood samples and vitals?”

As a Patient Care Technician, you should expect to perform all of these duties yet it is sometimes nice to have increased clinical responsibilities over housekeeping duties.

Did you know that you could greatly increase your chances of finding a variety of jobs and increased salary potential while earning more certificates along side your Patient Care Technician certification? Training as a PCT will prepare you to obtain these additional certifications and your education program should assist you in scheduling the corresponding certification exams.

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Certification
  • Phlebotomy Certification

An Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Certification prepares you to perform diagnostic tests that measure the patients heart rhythm and rate as well as process the data. These tests are performed at a doctor’s office during a physical exam, routinely at emergency rooms when a patient is experiencing chest pains, before and after operations, in nursing homes and other facilities where patients have a history of heart disease. You would also be responsible for the maintenance of the equipment.

A Phlebotomy Certification prepares you to draw and transport blood. This procedure is used in most all medical facilities including emergency rooms, hospitals and clinics, doctor offices, nursing homes, labs, Red Cross and other life saving organizations.

Special Note: A Patient Care Technician may also , in many states and facilities, be referred to as a Patient Care Associate. Some facilities that use the PCA title do not make use of a PCT’s advanced training. Ultimately, in those cases, some report little difference between their responsibilities and those of a CNA. In our opinion, you should attempt to find a facility that will allow you to practice all of your skills. However, the value of obtaining some initial experience in the field may temporarily override this concern. Most facilities clearly divide the positions of the CNAs and Patient Care Technicians. While a CNA’s responsibilities will focus moreĀ  on every day care including more mundane tasks, the Patient Care Technician is often assigned more technical duties in addition to those of a CNA. In many cases, being a competent PCT can help you secure a position in your facility that allows you to use more of your advanced skills instead of performing more common daily care and housekeeping tasks. Depending on your own desires, this could lead to increased job satisfaction.


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