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Patient Care Technician Training in Clearwater

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 Technician StudentIn 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.

Real-world experience through an externship.

Students enrolled in this program receive 180 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a professional in a medical office or clinic. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.

Helping you prepare for your certification exam.

You will receive course preparation to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. You will also receive course preparation for three additional certification exams, including the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) examinations.

Job outlook for patient care technician.

Professionals in this field may hold a position as patient care technician, home health aide, nurse aide, medical aide and other job titles. Working environments include hospitals, nursing homes and urgent care clinics. Employment for this career field is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024.2

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  • Degree – Patient Care Technician Courses

    How long is the degree program? 18 months (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate of Science in Health Sciences – Patient Care Technician

    Required Courses:
    Principles of Allied Health 5 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 5 Credits
    Pharmacology 4.5 Credits
    Clinical Lab Procedures & Phlebotomy 4 Credits
    Clinical Externship 4 Credits
    Nursing Assistant 5 Credits
    Advanced Phlebotomy 4 Credits
    Total 31.5 Credits
    General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Electives:
    Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Local, National & International Events 3 Credits
    Psychology 3 Credits
    Working with People 3 Credits
    Patient Relations 3 Credits
    Ecology 3 Credits
    Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Program Total 61.5 Credits

    • Diploma – Patient Care Technician Courses

      How long is the diploma program? 11 months (may vary according to individual student).

      Required Courses:
      Principles of Allied Health 5 Credits
      Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 5 Credits
      Pharmacology 4.5 Credits
      Clinical Lab Procedures & Phlebotomy 4 Credits
      Clinical Externship 4 Credits
      Nursing Assistant 5 Credits
      Advanced Phlebotomy 4 Credits
      Program Total 31.5 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions About Patient Care Technician

What is a patient care technician?

What is a patient care technician?

The patient care technician is someone who works alongside physicians and nurses to provide healthcare. Generally, a patient care technician may operate diagnostic equipment, collect samples and perform lab work. See nursing assistant and medical assistant for similar careers.

Want to know how to become a patient care technician?

Want to know how to become a patient care technician?

Start by getting hands-on training and personalized attention every step of the way at UMA. We provide the training you need to be prepared for (and qualified) to apply for a position as a patient care technician.

What kind of patient care technician courses would I take?

What kind of patient care technician courses would I take?

As a patient care technician student at UMA, you’ll take courses about the human body (anatomy), medical terminology, medicine (pharmacology), lab procedures and more.

Is there a difference between patient care technician schools?

Is there a difference between patient care technician schools?

Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer patient care technician programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.3 UMA is a school that offers patient care technician training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

Where can I find UMA patient care technician training?

Where can I find UMA patient care technician training?

UMA offers patient care technician training at our campus in downtown Clearwater, located at 1255 Cleveland Street. Contact us now to schedule a tour.

Do I need patient care technician certification to work as one?

Do I need patient care technician certification to work as one?

No. Earning your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification is not required to work as a patient care technician, but it can help you stand out as an applicant. UMA helps prepare patient care technician students to take the CNA certification exam.

How much does a patient care technician make?

How much does a patient care technician make?

You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A patient care technician salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors.

What’s the best school for your needs?

What’s the best school for your needs?

Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So what are your needs? Ultimate Medical Academy wants to be the best school for you and we’re here to listen. Because the more we understand about your situation, the better we can help. Let’s talk about you. 888-213-4473.

What should I look for in top schools for patient care technician training?

What should I look for in top schools for patient care technician training?

Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer patient care technician programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer patient care technician training should also provide career services such as on-the-job training (externship) and job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.

Where can I find more info about being a patient care technician?

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This program can be completed in as little as 11 months (diploma) or 18 months (degree).

May vary according to individual student.

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More than 90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Ground “Employer Survey” 2015 (314 responses) and Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Employer Survey” 2015 (1,509 responses).
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For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Diploma – Patient Care Technician Courses.

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.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info 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 agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-213-4473.

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., UMA Student

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm  2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm  3According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info 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 agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-213-4473.