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Online Patient Care Training

Become a Patient Care Technician

Patient care technicians play a critical role at healthcare facilities, assisting with inpatient treatment and helping provide quality of life. The 100% online course will prepare you to work as a patient care technician.

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Job Outlook for Patient Care Technician

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that patient care professionals, including nursing assistants and orderlies, earn a median annual salary of $28,000.
  • The BLS also estimates that job opportunities in the patient care field will grow by 8% by 2028.

Patient Care Technician FAQs

  • WHAT DOES A PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN DO?
    Patient care technicians help care for patients in healthcare facilities, which include hospitals, medical offices, and long-term care facilities. Specific patient care duties may include:
    • Helping patients get in and out of bed
    • Assisting with patients or mobility
    • Tracking patient progress
    • Listening to patient concern and communicating these to the primary care provider
    • Checking vital signs and collecting samples
  • ARE PATIENT CARE TECHNICIANS THE SAME AS CERTIFIED NURSING AIDS?
    Essentially, patient care technicians and nursing aids perform the same duties in a healthcare setting. However, patient care technicians may also work under doctors and physical therapist in addition to nurses.

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to patient care, legal issues in healthcare, standard precautions and infection control
  • Medical terminology, physical examination, patient positioning, bed mobility, range of motion
  • Therapeutic exercises, gait, assistive devices, orthosis and prosthesis, transfer techniques
  • Wound care and pressure sores, wheelchair management, patient care competency, special topics

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

Curriculum

  • INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT CARE
  • INFECTION CONTROL & STANDARD PRECAUTION
  • LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE
  • INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
  • MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
  • PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT & EXAMINATION
  • PATIENT POSITIONING AND BED MOBILITY TECHNIQUES
  • RANGE OF MOTION
  • THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES
  • GAIT
  • ASSISTIVE DEVICES
  • ORTHOSIS AND PROSTHESIS
  • TRANSFER TECHNIQUES
  • WOUND CARE AND PRESSURE SORES
  • WHEELCHAIR MANAGEMENT
  • PATIENT CARE COMPETENCY
  • SPECIAL TOPICS

Instructor

  • Jacqueline Garcia
    Jacqueline Garcia is a Certified Postsecondary Professional Instructor (CPPI), specializing in patient care education. Beyond actively training future patient care technicians, she develops academic content and curriculum for a number of programs.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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