Patient Care Technician
Patient Care Technician Diploma Program
The Patient Care Technician diploma program at Dorsey Schools provides career training in a broad foundation of skills, preparing students for success in the healthcare field. A career as a patient care technician can be one of the most satisfying jobs an individual can pursue. The responsibilities of a patient care technician include caring for injured, physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living communities, physicians’ offices, long-term care or other medical facilities. Graduates who complete this specialized training from Dorsey Schools may go on to further advancement in the medical field, by way of becoming a certified Patient Care Technician. For those who wish to earn their certification, Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for graduates of this program to challenge a certification exam as selected by Dorsey Schools, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
The Patient Care Technician Diploma Program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:
- Dearborn, MI
- Farmington Hills, MI**
- Madison Heights, MI
- Roseville, MI
- Southgate, MI
- Waterford-Pontiac, MI
- Wayne-Westland, MI
Patient Care Technician Training
Training in this program includes:
- The opportunity to develop the skills that are necessary for providing quality patient care in a variety of medical settings.
- Training in infection control, pharmacology, and procedures for administering medications.
- Exposure to the structures of the body, common diseases, treatments, and laboratory tests and coverage of medical terminology.
- An externship with a local hospital, physician’s office, long-term care facility, acute care setting, or other medical facility is included during the last module of training to provide experience in a medical facility and for professional exposure.
Patient Care Technician Career Outlook
Patient Care Technicians may enjoy stable employment in a fast-growing field. Standard duties associated with this position can include taking and recording patient vital signs, recording health histories, collecting lab samples, assisting with patient hygiene, safety and comfort, in addition to phlebotomy and blood glucose testing, performing ECGs, and more. Jobs in this field are most commonly found in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities.
Patient Care Technician jobs are among the fastest-growing in the healthcare field. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies (positions that can be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 17% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of nursing assistants (positions that can be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 9.7% from 2014 to 2024. Employment of orderlies (positions that can also be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 8.8% from 2014 to 2024.b
Enroll in the Patient Care Technician program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become a valued professional in the healthcare field.
Graduates from Dorsey Schools have been employed by:
- Advanced Homecare
- American House – Riverview
- Bay Human Services
- Beechwood Manor
- Care Homes Plus
- Detroit Receiving Hospital
- Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan
- Henry Ford Health System
- Hutzel Hospital
- Family Circle Home Care
- Providence Hospital
- St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
- St. John Providence Hospital
- St. John’s Hospital
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- Vibra Hospital
- Windemere Park Senior Community
- …and more!
To learn more about the Patient Care Technician program at Dorsey Schools, call 888-422-1188 or contact us.
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aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).
bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).
** Please Note: The Farmington Hills campus is not accepting new students at this time.