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.
Find A Campus Near YouThe Patient Care Technician diploma program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:
Patient Care Technician training in Michigan – medical & healthcare programs
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.
The following are examples of some opportunities Dorsey Schools will present their students with while studying in our Patient Care Technician program:
- 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 in the last module of training to provide experience in a medical facility and for professional exposure.
Patient Care Technician Duties:
Patient Care Technicians may enjoy stable employment in a fast-growing field. Standard duties associated with this position can include:
- Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
- Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
- Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
- Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
- Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
- Perform phlebotomy procedures
- Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death
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.
Patient Care Technician Career / Job Outlook:
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 11% from 2016 to 2026, which is 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 11% from 2016 to 2026. Employment of orderlies (positions that can also be filled by Patient Care Technician graduates) is projected to grow by 6.4% from 2016 to 2026.b
Patient Care Technician Frequently Asked Questions
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For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Patient Care Technicians, info pertaining to Jobs as a Patient Care Technician, the work Patient Care Technicians do, etc.:
- Michigan Occupational Wage Information: http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=124
- O*Net Online: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-1014.00
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a.Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited November 26, 2017).
b.Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2016-2026) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), https://milmi.org/ (visited July 14, 2018).