HOW TO BECOME A PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN AT JOLIE
Patient care technicians have an important role to play in the healthcare system by assisting doctors and nurses with the daily care of sick and injured patients. These professionals typically work in hospitals and long-term care facilities where they check vital signs, collect lab specimens (including blood draws) and help patients complete basic tasks of living such as bathing and eating.
Because patient care technicians spend so much time with their patients, they often form close bonds with the individuals they care for, becoming a regular source of companionship for patients who may not otherwise have many daily interactions.
Attending a Patient Care Technician School
The first step in learning how to become a patient care technician is to enroll in a licensed educational program, such as the patient care technician program at Jolie Academy. This program combines theoretical and hands-on training to provide students with the background they need to begin a career in this fast-growing field.
At the Jolie patient care technician school, students learn about the responsibilities of the patient care technician, as well as:
- Infection control
- Sanitation and hygiene
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Personal care procedures (eating, bathing, grooming, etc.)
- How to care for patients with common conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Diabetes.
After completing the patient care technician program at Jolie, you’ll be eligible to apply for the national certification exam to become a Certified Patient Care Technician. Although these credentials aren’t required to work in the field, it may give you an edge in your career, as many employers prefer to hire patient care technicians who have earned their credentials.