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.
What’s the difference between a degree and a diploma?
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.
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 two additional certification exams, including the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) examinations.
Job outlook for patient care technician.
Graduates with an a diploma or degree can pursue entry-level positions as a home health aide, nurse aide, nursing assistant, medical aide, home health provider, caregiver and more. Working environments include hospitals, nursing homes and urgent care clinics. Employment for this career field is projected to grow 17% from 2014 to 2024.2
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