Jump to content

What jobs can a PCT get other than PCT?


I've been doing hands-on clinical work for almost 10 years now. Started in EMS and now I'm a Patient Care Tech. I'm exploring my options for a 2nd part-time job that I could possibly do in addition.

Education-wise, I'm doing two things:

1. I'm in the middle of doing a medical billing/coding certificate program, but it's completely online (accredited too) and self-paced, I have the deadline of 1 year to complete it but I will definitely be finishing before then.

2. The long-term goal is BSN. But I have to take microbiology, chemistry 1 and 2 first. That's all I need. Basically, if I get into any BSN program, it would have to be for Fall 2018.

So I'm just looking for ways to supplement additional income in the meantime. Is there a job I can get that doesn't involve hands-on work? Even if it's outside of my field, something like data entry, inventory, stock, anything. Or has my clinical experience pigeon-holed me into doing only PCT jobs?

I'm thinking there must be some way I can tailor my resume to highlight broader non-medical skills that come with any medical job (i.e. problem-solving, data entry/charting, using judgment, handling difficult/challenging situations, communication skills, typing skills, computer literacy, etc.)

Not sure if it's worth mentioning but I have an associates degree that I can't do anything with. I have an AA liberal arts degree in speech pathology that I was going to transfer to a BA/MA in speech but I learned that SLP wasn't for me, I switched to pre-nursing. However, I do regret not doing my associates in something that would get me a job like accounting or something like that. Oh well :(

It might seem petty, but you should be aware that PCT work is not considered "clinical experience". It simply isn't. Even a CNA, which is a certified PCT essentially, does not have "clinical experience" when you are speaking with people who actually do have clinical experience. I say this not to belittle, but to clarify so that when you are among licensed people (clinicians) you don't come across as fluffing up.

You can definitely roll your care tech experience in a hospital in a number of non-hands-on directions. What about being a unit clerk, or unit secretary? Scheduling office? Those require people who can multi-task well, who think fast and can problem-solve and troubleshoot and do it all before breakfast lol! All the skills you mentioned would work for those jobs. Outside of a hospital, clinics and nursing homes use similar job functions and have similar needs. Have you looked into that?