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New York Health Careers

Patient Care Technicians/Associates

What Do Patient Care Technicians/Associates Do?

Patient care technicians or associates (PCTs or PCAs) provide various aspects of patient care under the direct supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or doctor. They provide communication, comfort, and safety for the patient and typically have more clinical responsibility and technical skills than nursing aides. They assist patients with walking, bathing, eating, dressing, and getting in and out of beds, wheelchairs, and stretchers. Other duties may include taking and recording temperature, pulse, weight, and respiration rate, and obtaining specimens as directed by medical staff. They may also prepare rooms, sterilize equipment and escort patients to exam rooms and surgery. Some facilities create job ladders for PCTs/PCAs. Those with more technical skills and experience have more patient care responsibilities and receive a higher salary.
PCTs/PCAs seem to share a job description with certified nursing assistants; however, there is no uniform requirement for certification of PCTs/PCAs, as there is for certified nursing assistants. Some states do not recognize PCTs/PCAs as functionally separate from certified nursing assistants and require certification regardless of job title. Even so, the trained PCT/PCA who has passed one or two of the available certification examinations will earn a significantly higher wage.

Where Do Patient Care Technicians/Associates Work?

PCTs’/PCAs’ duties involve caring for people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. Work settings for PCTs/PCAs include hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and health care agencies. They also may provide care in patients’ homes.

What Do Patient Care Technicians/Associates Earn?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not yet publish employment and earnings data for patient care technicians. As of 2019, glassdoor.com  reports that patient care technicians earn an average annual salary of $29,802 nationwide.

New York Educational Requirements

In many cases, PCTs/PCAs receive classroom and hands-on training through the hospital or facility that will employ them. Training and education requirements for PCTs/PCAs who work in hospitals or physician offices vary by institution. In some instances, employers may require a high school diploma or an associate degree and will provide on-the-job training. Others may require prior nursing aide experience or an LPN or CNA certificate or degree.

New York Certification/Licensure Requirements

New York does not require PCTs/PCAs to be licensed or certified, primarily because they work under the supervision of a licensed RN who completes any tasks that require a licensed professional.

For information about obtaining a PCT/PCA certification, please to the NHA website.

Education Programs in New York (subject to change)

ABC Training Center
2471 Morris Ave., 2nd floor
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 618-4332
Manhattan Institute
45 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
(347) 220-8181
New York Medical Career Training Center
36-09 Main Street 5th Floor
Flushing NY 11354
(718) 460-1717
500 8th Ave, 5th floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-4444
New Age Training
145 West 30th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY  10001
(212) 947-7940
 Access Careers Institute
474 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550
(718) 643-9060
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-4900
School of Allied Health
545 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 564-2351
Access Careers Institute
474 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 433-0034










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