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.
Performing Vital Signs
Measuring and Record Height & Weight
Preparing Examination Room
Collecting and Processing Specimens.
Equipment Sterilization and Disinfection
Performing Pulmonary Function Test
Using Incentive Spirometry
Performing ADLs and Range of Motion Exercise
Assisting in Gait Techniques
Using Assistive Device for Patient
Feeding and Bathing Patient
Dressing and Grooming Patient
Assisting in Wound Care
Performing Blood Draws
Administrative & Clerical Skills
Communication with Patients
Provide Patient Education
Enter Patient Data
Enter Specimen Data
Understand Patient Care Technician Responsibility
Handle Medical Records
Maintain Patient Records
Update Patient Records
Track Inventory of Supplies and Equipment
Clean Exam Room
Clean Spills (Water or Blood)
Follow Infection Control Measures
Update and Maintain Equipment Log
Keep Patient Bed Side Table Organized
Accompany Patient to E-Ray Rooms
Accompany Patients to Diagnostic Rooms
Follow Missions and Objectives of the Facility
Other Duties as Provided by the Facility
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.
Certification is required to be renewed annually.
On submitting a renewal application the candidate will receive an email with links to CEUs that must be completed and submitted online.
Fee Schedule for Renewal
Renewal Fee: $50
Certification that are expired must apply for reinstatement.
If you wish to apply to reinstate your expired certification you may proceed by submitting a reinstatement application.
Fee Schedule for Reinstatement
Expired Less than 1 Year: $99
Expired More than 1 Year but Less than 2 Years: $199