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Can a CNA be a PCT?

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I recently got certified as a CNA. I haven't currently applied for nursing school yet, due to being under 18, so I only have experience in basic patient care, taking vitals, and other CNA duties. I'm not exactly sure what all a PCT does, as it seems to vary between hospitals. None of the hospitals around my area have actual CNA positions, only PCT positions. With that being said, I have a few questions. What is the scope of practice of a PCT? Is the training on the job, since I already have my CNA? If it helps, I'm currently looking at an oncology and mother baby position. Thanks!

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shauntil07 has 8 years experience.

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On 5/20/2019 at 9:09 PM, CNA_R said:

I recently got certified as a CNA. I haven't currently applied for nursing school yet, due to being under 18, so I only have experience in basic patient care, taking vitals, and other CNA duties. I'm not exactly sure what all a PCT does, as it seems to vary between hospitals. None of the hospitals around my area have actual CNA positions, only PCT positions. With that being said, I have a few questions. What is the scope of practice of a PCT? Is the training on the job, since I already have my CNA? If it helps, I'm currently looking at an oncology and mother baby position. Thanks!

Hello @CNA_R! The only difference between a CNA, PCT and MA is where they work. PCT’s you’ll mostly see in a hospital or rehab centers. Can CNA’s and MA’s work as a PCT? Yes. The job duties aren’t really any different across the board. 

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In my area CNA is equal to a PCT (and CP).  

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In my area a PCT is a CNA with extra training and a slightly bigger scope of practice. Such as being able to give meds to a patient. 

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