Path to Becoming a Patient Care Technician
Most healthcare technicians must complete an official training program before beginning their careers in the field.
The steps to becoming a patient care technician include:
1. Obtaining a high school diploma or GED
2. Graduating from an accredited patient care technician degree program
3. Completing an externship or practicum
4. Taking and passing a certification exam
5. Applying to PCT job openings
After gaining employment at a medical office, hospital, or another facility, patient care technicians also receive on-the-job training to acclimate them to that office’s procedures.
Certified PCTs must complete continuing education credits to keep their certification, too.