9 FAQs on Becoming a Patient Care Technician

patient care technician frequently asked questionsFind out how to get started at the Harris School of Business

If you live in the Danbury, Connecticut region and are looking for a new career path, the Harris School of Business could be your starting point. At the Harris School in Danbury, you can become a Patient Care Technician, Nursing Assistant, or a Medical Assistant. This article focuses on becoming a Patient Care Technician. Read these frequently asked questions to see if this is a good career field for you.

Q: What do Patient Care Technicians do?
A: Patient Care Technicians typically work alongside nurses and doctors and help to serve patients’ basic needs. Most PCTs work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care residences. During the course of a typical day, they might help feed and bathe a patient, perform patient safety checks, monitor and record vital signs, help keep residents’ rooms neat and clean, administer EKGs, distribute supplies, and provide emotional support for the residents. PCTs go through similar training as nursing assistants but are trained in some additional tasks such as EKG and phlebotomy (blood draws).

Q: How do I apply?
A: Applying to be a Patient Care Technician is simple. At the Harris School our Admissions Department requires that you have a high school diploma or equivalent. We also require you to complete our application and fill out a few other items during your interview. We have open enrollment, which means that you can apply at any time of year. New classes start up regularly, so it won’t be long before you are sitting in your first class!

Q: How long does the PCT program take?
A: Our Patient Care Technician program can be completed in less than one year. That’s not long at all! But remember, you have to be ready to hold up your end of the bargain. Be sure to maintain good attendance, finish all your homework, and pass your tests. Don’t let yourself fall behind. Our instructors are here to help, so ask for help if you need it!

Q: Do you have night classes?
A: Yes, Harris School courses can be taken in the evenings. The evening program takes a little longer to complete, because it is part-time. It is a great option for people who work during the day. Both our daytime and evening classes prepare you with the same curriculum and training.

Q: Will I find a job?
A: The Harris School is here to support our students. We offer training in resume writing, job search strategies, interview techniques, and networking. We help you find job postings and connect you with opportunities in the Danbury region. Ultimately, you need to take the lead in your job search, but we are here to support you along the way. Remember, our success is dependent on the success of our graduates, and we want to help!

Q: Can I get financial aid for my training program?
A: We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Harris School has a dedicated Financial Aid office that can help you figure out how to apply and discuss other options for paying your tuition. Be sure to meet with one of our Financial Aid advisors when you are filling out your application materials.

Q: Where is the Harris School located?
A: We are located in Danbury, Connecticut, and also have locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Stop in for a tour, or contact us online. We would be more than happy to tell you about our programs.