The cost of becoming a Patient Care Technician varies greatly depending on which online training or technical school training you choose. Choosing the right program that fits into your time and budget is important as you will receive both classroom and hands on training in hospitals, clinics, hospices, rehabilitation centers and long term care facilities for the elderly such as nursing homes. Some programs offer externships where you can earn classroom credits while working at a medical facility.
The cost seems to determined by each state. The cost can range from $1,300 – $2,500 and as high as nine grand in some cases. It is nearly impossible to nail a figure down, so research is very essential to finding a program online or training program near you that you can afford.
It is not responsible to spend 3-4 years on an over priced program. The pay differential between being a CNA and PCT is good deal and the employer will pay for the cost of the exam if you want to move from a PCT to a CNA.
Take the same money and go to Community College and earn Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree. The pay between a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN) is also substantial.
Keep in mind that there are some scholarship loan programs available that can delay the cost until you are working in chosen field.
You will need a high school diploma or an equivalent (GED) in order to apply for A Patient Care Technician Certification Program.
To become a Patient Care Technician you will need to complete approximately 360-600 hours of classroom/clinical hours which can often be completed within 5-6 months. A two year program would get you an associates degree and you could become a RN. The CPT program is good for someone who doesn’t wish to make that commitment. The Patient Care Technician Certification Exam is offered by the National Health Career Association.
Applicants must have the required classroom training or at least one year experience to sit for the exam. The exam consists of 200 questions and will take approximately three hours and thirty minutes to finish. Getting your certification is completely voluntary, but employers are now increasingly seeking to hire and offer more advanced training Certified Patient Care Technicians.