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.
In 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.
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.
After you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification exam. In fact, you’ll be prepared to take three additional certification exams which could help 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.
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 21% from 2012 to 2022.2
How long is the degree program?
18 months (may vary according to individual student).
How long is the diploma program?
11 months (may vary according to individual student).
Q: What is a patient care technician?
A: 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.
Q: Want to know how to become a patient care technician?
A: 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.
Q: What kind of patient care technician courses would I take?
A: 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.
Q: Is there a difference between patient care technician schools?
A: 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.
Q: Where can I find UMA patient care technician training?
A: UMA offers patient care technician training at both of our campuses. One is located in Tampa and the other is in Clearwater. Contact us to schedule a tour of either campus.
Q: Do I need patient care technician certification to work as one?
A: 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.
Q: How much does a patient care technician make?
A: 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. If you’d like to learn more about patient care technician salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What’s the best school for your needs?
A: 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.
Q: What should I look for in top schools for patient care technician training?
A: 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?
This program can be completed in as little as 11 months (diploma) or 18 months (degree).
90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.
This program is offered at:
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.
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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
—Tia D., UMA Student