The Patient Care Technician (PCT) plays a vital role in the delivery of health care services. The program is designed to prepare students as advanced cross-trained nursing assistants. The PCT program enhances and expands the traditional role of the nursing assistant by offering a broad foundation of knowledge and skills. The program objectives include an understanding of the health service delivery system, patient care, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, ethics and caring for a patient in a home setting. Theory and clinical training prepare the program graduate for an entry-level position in varied settings and roles. Completion of required elements allows the student to take the Florida State Nursing Assistant Examination to become certified. The Patient Care Technician is prepared to carry out a wide array of patient care duties.
PCT’s help residents/patients with personal care, bathing, elimination, eating, oral care, ambulating, and moving in and out of bed. They are responsible for following good infection control practices and keeping patients/residents safe. PCT’s collect and record patient data and they may take EKG’s and draw blood. Patient Care Technicians work in long term care facilities, hospitals and client’s homes. The Patient Care Technician is expected to effectively respond to emergency situations, perform physical comfort and appropriate safety functions, and follow the patient plan of care. The graduate can demonstrate communications and employability skills and can apply appropriate medical ethics to all areas of the job.
Patient Care Technician, Diploma - North Florida Institute