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Patient Care Technician

Because caring for others is your calling.

You enjoy helping people. You can see yourself wearing scrubs. You’d be good at helping patients as they receive medical care. So read on.

As a UMA patient care technician student, you’ll learn how to operate diagnostic equipment, help patients with day-to-day activities, collect fluid/tissue samples, take blood pressure, and perform lab work. Patient care technicians work alongside doctors and nurses to provide care, and you’ll learn how to play an important role in that teamwork environment. Have questions? We can talk.

What’s the difference between a degree and a diploma?

patient-care-techIn some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.

UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.

Hands-on experience through an externship.

Students get 180 hours of experience in a medical facility with other healthcare professionals. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student.

Helping you prepare for your certification exam.

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licensure exam. In fact, you’ll be prepared to take three additional certification exams which could provide a wide range of employment opportunities. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.

A variety of employment opportunities.

Graduates with a diploma or degree for patient care technician and certifications can go on to entry-level positions as a home health aide, nurse aide, nursing assistant, medical aide and other opportunities. Working environments include hospitals, nursing homes and urgent care clinics. Employment for this career field is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022.2

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This program can be completed in as little as 11 months.

May vary according to individual student.

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92% of UMA graduates in this diploma program who responded to the survey agreed the clinical portion of the program adequately prepared them for their current position.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Graduate Survey” for all four quarters in 2014 (47 responses).

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This program is offered at our Tampa and Clearwater campuses.

Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Associate of Science in Health Sciences – Patient Care Technician and Diploma - Patient Care Technician.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

By clicking the submit button, you agree to be contacted by phone, text message, or email via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy at the phone numbers you provided above. You are not obligated to enroll.

The staff is extremely helpful and they go above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable with the courses and are not having any issues. I would recommend UMA to anyone who wants to get a career in the allied healthcare field.

—Tia D.

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

By clicking the submit button, you agree to be contacted by phone, text message, or email via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy at the phone numbers you provided above. You are not obligated to enroll.