Patient Care Technician

What is a patient care technician?

A patient care technician is a healthcare professional who administers basic care. Patient care technicians often report to doctors and nurses. They take vital signs, transport patients, provide essential emotional care, and more.

Being a patient care technician is a good stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse (RN).

Where does a patient care technician work?

Patient care technicians can work in a variety of medical settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practices

How do I become a patient care technician?

You must first receive either your high school diploma or GED in order to become a patient care technician. Then you must complete the necessary educational and certification requirements in order to obtain licensure.

What are some similar career paths I could pursue?

There are other similar career paths in the medical field that also revolve around direct patient care. Two examples are licensed practical nursing (LPNs) and medical assisting.

LPNs assist doctors and registered nurses (RNs) in providing daily care and comfort to their patients. Their daily tasks include taking vital signs, administering medications, changing wound dressings, and more.

Medical assistants are healthcare professionals who provide exceptional support. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative tasks. They answer phones, update medical records, change dressings, collect test samples, and more.

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