Patient Care Technician Course!

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    Okay:

    Hi everyone

    Now that I have taken, and passed my NA State Board exam, I'm ready to move on to the next phase - which is taking a PCT course - Patient Care Technician.

    Similarly to how we started the thread "CNA Graduates of May/June" etc, I figure why not start a thread on our experiences taking the Patient Care Technician course. Today was my first day of class, and I decided to stick with the same school I went to for my CNA class. Things went well, however, I'm a little concerned that the book I received isn't going to help much [It's very small]. Hopefully the lectures make up for what the book doesnt. If anyone has taken a PCT course already, or is taking it now, what book did your instructor use? Any recommendations as far as reading and/or resources?

    The idea is to network, rant, and keep in touch here on this forum, for those of us who are considering, taking, and/or have already taken a PCT, Phlebotomy, or EKG course. Hopefully this thread brings some great discussion, just like the former thread . I feel like we are going on this journey together on Allnurses.com; part of the reason I love this site! It's our little "support group".

    Please, feel free to introduce yourselves !

    P.S. I found these sites, which are interesting:

    American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians : http://www.aspt.org/certificationfaqs.html

    and

    Center for Phlebotomy Education
    : http://www.phlebotomy.com/

    *Phlebotomy is the 1st module of my course : 6Weeks
    Then, EKG Module : 6Weeks

    When I move onto EKG, i'm sure i'll have references for that course as well..
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    I never took a class to become a PCT (NCT's as they were called at the hospital I worked at- Nursing Care Technicians). I had my CNA certification and they trained me in phlebotomy on the job. We didn't do EKGs on my unit but those that did were trained in that also. THe best part is they paid US for the training, instead of having to pay for it!
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    I was also going to post that a lot of the people who are PCTs in hospitals get trained on the job and don't have to pay for extra classes. That is my plan
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    I agree here in Ohio every PCT is trained at the hospital, you just have to have 6 months of experience working as an STNA the apply in the hospital will train you according to the unit you will be working on for free
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    Hi
    I have been looking for a Patient Care Tech course here in south jersey for a few months and haven't been able to find one within my budget. After reading the above posts i'm wondering if I should just become a CNA first. I want to work in a Hospital but here in south Jersey most CNA's are hired in a nursing home its really hard to get in a hospital. Help!!!!
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    Quote from Herbalist
    Hi
    I have been looking for a Patient Care Tech course here in south jersey for a few months and haven't been able to find one within my budget. After reading the above posts i'm wondering if I should just become a CNA first. I want to work in a Hospital but here in south Jersey most CNA's are hired in a nursing home its really hard to get in a hospital. Help!!!!

    You should check your local hospital website to see if they offer training for PCT. Also, you can call the HR department in tell them that you are interested in becoming an PCT but would like to know what training they offer. Most hospital offer the training for free --- which in these hard times everyone could use free training. Good luck - post back in let us know if you found anything for others who maybe in your area looking for the same thing.
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    Thanks for the info. I contacted the hospitals here in south Jersey. They only offer the PCT training to employees. I also checked the job postings on their websites and I didn't find any for CNA. However, I did find a few for muti-skilled techs. But, I can't find a school that offers that. Do u have to be state certified to be a multi-skilled tech?
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    Hi, I recently finished a program in Illinois that was classified as a PCT course. I started in March and just finished a week ago. We took a CNA course that was 6wks plus 40 hours of clinicals, a Phlebotomy class take we finished in 6wks and the EKG class that lasted 8wks.I took the CNA board exam a weeks a ago and I am waiting on the results (it takes 2wks) and the National exams for the Phlebotomy and EKG Technician 2wks before that. I was wondering if I should take the PCT National exams. I don't think jobs require you to have it but it looks good on your resume. I'm only guessing but the thing that qualifies me as a PCT is the fact that can can draw blood and can administrate a EKG test. My major dilemma is should I fork up the $140 for the Pct test ? I would like to take it in the next 2wks while everything is still fresh in my head. I hope this is helpful for anyone.
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    Hi herbalist,

    I entered my hospital as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and then after 6 mos, I applyed for the Patient Care Tech training. If your goal is to really work in a hospital and they don't require you to have a CNA cert before you take the PCT training, try getting hired for housekeeping, or food service. The goal is to get in there and you'll officially be an employee. Do the job for 6 mos and walah!

    Just a thought. I wish you well.
    Last edit by PhoenixTech on Jul 21, '09 : Reason: mistake
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    What's the difference between Patient Care Technician & CNA? How can you use your Patient Care Technician certificate at a hospital?


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