Amarillo College has designed an excellent program to equip students for work as entry-level patient care technicians. Graduates are commonly employed in health clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The program equips students with the ability to check vital signs, perform CPR and first aid, and assist in medical examinations, perform electrocardiograms, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy (drawing blood). Amarillo College launched a new program in 2014 to help meet the growing demand for certified patient care technicians.
Patient care technicians have vast opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients. They work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide direct care in a variety of environments and often have more patient contact than any other member of a healthcare team. Whether assisting patients with nutritional needs, mobility or hygiene, a PCT must have both compassion and specialized training. In assisting patients with many tasks they cannot do for themselves, a PCT is a vital member of any healthcare team; however, career-driven students may utilize their PCT training, skills and knowledge as a stepping stone to careers in nursing or other healthcare fields.