PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN
Patient Care Technician work in various healthcare facilities namely the Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facility, Rehabilitation Centers, Adult Day Care, Hospice Care, Long Term Care Centers, Community Health Centers, Assisted Living and many more areas in healthcare. The task of the Patient Care Technician includes duties related to patient care by assisting the nurses, doctors and other medical staffs for taking care of patients with health concerns.
The duties of patient care technician may vary from facility to facility, however, the general duties includes, quality patient care skills such as assisting the medical professionals in performing range of motion, therapeutic exercises, performing vital signs (Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, and Blood Pressure), obtaining patients height and weight, performing other techniques and procedures like transfer techniques, gait techniques using assistive devices, patient positioning and preparing examination room to be ready for the physician to examine the patient and other duties as assigned by the facilities. Specialized duties include procedures like performing 12 Lead EKGs and Phlebotomy Procedures.
Patient care technicians have direct interaction with the patients and therefore must understand the concept of infection control, standard precautions, communication, basic medical terminologies, legal issues, patient privacy. They must also be able to explain the procedure to the patient. In addition to explaining the procedure the Patient care technician must also prepare the patient for the procedure.
Candidates registering for the CPCT exam must qualify in (at-least 1) of the ROUTE (A or B or C) as shown below. Training and experience may be completed within united states of america or outside united states of america.
AECA believes in continuing education more frequently so that the candidate can have a constant touch with knowledge, Candidate’s are required to attend the continuing education units / credits every year to renew their certification.