Quote from Wendy Smith
I finished a CNA course at the Manhattan Institute, I reviewed it in a different thread if anyone is interested. If someone can answer a few questions I would be very happy.
1) Will I make more as a PCT?
2) From what I been told a PCT is a CNA who learns Phlebotomy and EKG is this true?
3) If it is true, then why would I take a PCT course if I work in a Nursing home where there is no Phlebotomy or EKG?
4) Five years ago I almost took the PCT class and it was called Nurse Technican, why is that?
5) Every school I checked for CNA the class was the same hours, the class for PCT varies, does anyone know why?
6) Is there a State test for PCT?
A million thanks for anyone that could help me. Besides the expense, I am not a big fan of going to school and all that goes into it. My main reason to study is to earn more pay.
I took a nurse aide course and landed a job with the title "PCT" at a local hospital and I did not do phlebotomy or anything like that. It was strictly nurse aide duties plus EKGs. We learned EKGs in about 10 minutes during orientation - actually doing one is a piece of cake. No need to take an entire class for that!!
The patient care tech CLASS at my local CC teaches you EKGs, foleys, and sterile technique.
From what I've seen, the only way to learn phlebotomy, outside of OTJ training, is to take a 2 semester certificate program.
I recently landed a different hospital-based job that is titled "multi-skilled tech" that includes phlebotomy, EKGs, foleys, and dealing with all orthopaedic devices. They prefer you to have the previous knowledge but are willing to train.
If you plan to work in LTC and are certified/state-tested as a nurse aide, you don't need any additional coursework. If you want more money, learn the PCT skills and apply to hospital-based jobs.