Patient care technicians are licensed to perform a multitude of tasks including drawing blood samples from patients, processing specimen prior laboratory testing, and the use of EKG equipment to identify any heart anomalies. Depending upon the facility they work in, additional tasks are also performed, such as obtaining health history from one-on-one patient interviews and taking vital signs of newly admitted patients.

Becoming a patient care technician requires you to undergo the standard program or coursework from an accredited institution. In addition to learning the various aspects of patient care, EKG, and Phlebotomy, a student enrolled in the program will be introduced to human anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminologies commonly used in the workplace.

So, how long will it take you to become a patient care technician? Based on the most recent revised curriculum, PCT training programs provided by accredited institutions require completion of 900 hours of combined classroom-based studies and internship experience. There are 14 modules to complete and a student must attend at least 90 percent of hours in each module.

Once a student completes the coursework at satisfactory grades within the maximum allowed time frame, he/she will be eligible for graduation. A minimum grade of 70 percent is required for a student to advance to graduation. After graduating, students can now apply for a national license. They can choose their own test provider or go with the test provider affiliated with the school they took PCT training from.

The National Exam for PCTs comprise of 250 multiple choice questions combining pharmacology, nursing practice, EKG and Phlebotomy. The time limit for taking the test varies from one school to another. Your program director or examiner will be providing you these details before the test. To apply for the exam, students must pay a certain fee. Fortunately, the standard payment procedure is done online so there is no hassle whatsoever.

There are many benefits to acquiring PCT training and getting your license to practice it. For starters, your job opportunities are increased while also tipping the pay scale to your favor. Becoming a PCT is also a great entry level position into the medical field for those who aspire to become registered nurses or doctors in the near future but have neither the time nor money to enroll in such demanding courses.