CNA or PCT?

  1. Hello all. The school I'm trying to get into for my nurse diploma requires that I be CNA or PCT certified first. I am willing to go through this requirement but my question is which do you guys think I should take? Both programs I can finish in one semester but I do not know which I should chose to be certify in. I plan to work part time as nurse aid or a pct while going to nursing school but I would like to know which one gives more advantages including the financial advantage, if possible. Thank you.
    •  
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   MJ-12
    what is a PCT?
  4. by   howie122832
    Patient Care tech.....
  5. by   P_RN
    I'd prefer the PCT (or PCA as we call them). Personal choice though.

    Howie I LOVE your signature line.
  6. by   PCnurseMI
    My guess would be to see what the hospitals around you use. Some use PCT's some CNA's. Find out where you want to work and go for that title. If that is not an issue, go for whichever course provides the most opportunities for learning different skills. Just some food for thought.
  7. by   Tweety
    If it were me, but then I can be a bit of an overachiever, I would go for the one that offers the most skills. For example, if the techs learn EKGs and the CNA's don't, I would go for the PTC, just for the opportunity to learn more.

    In the long run as you are advancing to RN, it doesn't matter much. Both give you excellent hands on skills and insights that will be invaluable as you advance.

    Good luck!

close