Patient Care Technician Certification

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Patient Care Technician Certification

Abbreviation of Certification: PCTC

Fee charged for the exam: $109.00 (Study Material Included)

For more information, please view the Certification Program Outline  and Exam Blueprint.

Description and purpose of test

Patient Care Assistant or Patient Care Technician can give basic nursing care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Some other titles could be: certified nursing assistant, health care technician, licensed nursing assistant, or nurse’s aide. All of these fall under the supervision of the nursing team. The nursing team involves RNs, LPNs/LVNS, and assisting personnel.

Assistive personnel give basic nursing care while being supervised by an RN. The tasks performed by assistive personnel can vary from state to state. They also can vary depending on the type of agency you work for – for example assistive staff in an emergency room unit will have different responsibilities than those who are working with a surgical nursing unit.

Patient Care Assistants responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Recognizes unusual vital signs and reports them to the nurse
  • Checks on patients
  • Follows a patient’s plan of care
  • Assists the nurse as directed
  • Wound care
  • Patient transport

RNs can delegate tasks to LPNs/LVNs and assistive personnel. LPNs and LVNs can also delegate tasks depending on the state. When a task is delegated, there are considerations to be made such as: patient’s needs, is it the right task, and have the right directions been communicated to the person assigned to the task.

The test is comprised of 144 questions:

The breakdown is as follows: Phlebotomy, EKG, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, patient/wound care, safety/infection control, medical law and ethics and pharmacology.

Allotted time for examinees is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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