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    What exactly can I expect from the Patient Care Technician Program?

    usci-patient-care-technician_001The Patient Care Technician (PCT) program is designed to train the student for an entry level position in all of the relevant aspects of patient care technician assistance, diagnostic testing specifically electrocardiography (EKG), phlebotomy, nursing assistant, home health care needs. This program is designed for those interested for an entry level position as patient care technician in a nursing home, rehabilitation facility, extended care facility, a hospital or as Home Health Care Aid. The student learns to use basic types of patient care technician/home health care, phlebotomy and EKG equipment. The student receives all required in-service training and certifications such as Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, OSHA, Infection Control and Universal Precautions, Understanding Alzheimer’s disease, Assistance with Self-Administered Medication Training and CPR. Upon completion of this program, student will possess the skills and hands on experience needed at an entry level Patient Care Technician utilizing patient care skills in a variety of healthcare settings. The PCT graduate is eligible to sit for Florida State Certification Nursing Assistant Exam.

    When you begin your patient care tech program, you will be able to find a job in a variety of settings including:

    • Hospitals
    • Nursing home facilities
    • Blood banks
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Dialysis facilities
    • Home health care agencies
    • Other healthcare related environments

    Once you complete your program you will be trained in bedside care and will be able to experience hands-on care daily. Not only will your compassion shine through but you will also be the main source of communication between patient and doctor. For this reason, it is important that you have solid communication skills while remaining empathetic and attentive to your patients (and their families) needs and feelings. Being a patient care tech will be one of the most rewarding jobs that you will ever do. Some of the duties that you will experience after you complete your patient care technician program in Miami will include:

    • Taking vital signs
    • Performing ECG (electrocardiography)
    • Blood draws
    • Blood draws

    Each day you will interact with multiple people in regards to your patient. At FVI, you will be able to receive hands-on training that will allow you to further advance your career in the health field.

    During the patient care technician program you will learn more about the job duties and responsibilities that you will have while on the job such as:
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    • Properly drawing blood
    • Performing catheterizations
    • Efficiently removing sutures and staples
    • Properly caring for wounds
    • Properly conducting an ECG
    • Handling emergency room procedures
    • Splints
    • Immobilizations
    • Nasogastric tube removal
    • Knowing how to insert intravenous saline locks

    After you have learned all of these hands-on skills you will be ready to enter the workforce and succeed as a patient tech. With FVI, you can choose a class schedule that fits your needs and after completion of your patient care tech program, you will be offered job placement assistance to help you get into your new career as fast as possible!

    What kind of job can I get as a graduate?

    Our Patient Care Technician program provides students with the knowledge and training to become an entry level patient care technician in acute and extended care facilities. Our graduates may find employment at a nursing home, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, or in a hospital. If you have a specific interest in patient care and want to gain a position in a rising career field, Florida Vocational Institute’s Patient Care Technician program is right for you!

    Do I need to be certified?

    Student may start working in their field of training as soon as they have successfully completed the program and received all required in-service certificates and diploma. To work in a hospital setting in the State of Florida, PCT graduates must sit and pass the state Certified Nursing Assistant written and practical exam.

    HOW CAN YOU BECOME A PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN?

    While you do not need a full college degree, you will need to be formally trained for this position through a patient care tech program like FVI’s.

    Once you have completed your program, you will receive your diploma or certificate. Throughout your program you will learn skills regarding:
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    • Occupational therapy
    • Taking vital signs
    • Geriatric
    • Operation of lab equipment
    • Caring for wounds

    typically takes about 8 months to a year to get a patient care technician certificate. The time frame in which it takes to complete the program will depends primarily on the students commitment.

    With certification, you may be able to increase your job offers and salar. Once you have completed your advanced patient care technician courses in Miami, you will have the following certification options:

    • Certified patient care technician
    • Phlebotomist
    • Certified nurse assistant

    It is recommended that you take the exam offered through the NHA (National Healthcare Association) before entering the workforce. By choosing the patient care technician program at FVI, you will be able to learn hands-on experience that will advance you in your future career while offering you skills that can be used in multiple work settings.

    Come explore the world of healthcare by training with us!

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