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Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Patient care technicians provide and coordinate patient care; educate patients and the public about various health conditions; and provide advice, emotional support and direct care to patients and their family members. Most PCTs work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists.

A PCT must be able to take vitals, perform EKGs, insert catheters, lift and move patients into beds or wheelchairs in a hospital setting, and follow patient care plans.

Course Length:

  • Career-Readiness Training: 1 week
  • Pre-Training: 1 week
  • PCT Course Training: 15 weeks (3.75 months)
  • Total Training Length: 17 weeks (4 months)

Prerequisite: Requires completion of at least a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Potential Starting Wage: $12 to $15 per hour

Average Total Number Employed^: 77

Average Number of Openings Each Year^: 25

^Wage and employment estimates for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), was accessed using the Oklahoma Wage Network (OWN) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [April 26, 2015] [].

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