I have to disagree with the first 2 replies. Being a PCT is a great experience - an eye opener and a good way to familiarize oneself with many of the basics of nursing and hospital floor nursing in particular. This is especially beneficial if like me you have had little or no past experience. To have this under my belt before starting NS (this January) has given me lots of confidence. I mean LOTS! All those fears about cleaning poop, working with Nurses, doctors, patients' families... drawing blood, patients of the opposite sex, the pressure of having so much work to do and seemingly not nearly enough time to do it all... Do you want to first be exposed to this at the same time you're doing your NS academic (yes, and clinical) work or wouldn't you prefer to have dealt with this already? I've read some threads in this forum that suggest some NS grads without this kind of real world experience crash and burn when they are first employed as nurses and discover the pressures of floor nursing. I'm totally sold on doing it up front. Of course you have to be able to get the job. If you have something of an "in", I say Go for it!!
The money isn't great - BJC currently pays new techs something like $9.78/hr, but I find their flexibility in scheduling, particularly w/ respect to accomodating NS students to be very good, and there are differentials for evenings, nights and weekends which get it over $10 and even up to around $11. Being a "part-time" tech is what you would probably want. Officially, that means you must work a minimum 32 hours per 2-week pay period. I hope to be able to do 48 hours, i.e. two 12-hour shifts per week, but I also gather that the 32 hour rule is not written in stone and exceptions can be made, but that's just an impression. Many/most techs are nursing school students, or students-to-be like me, so their needs have to be met to keep them there.
Good luck - whatever you decide to do, let us know!