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Become A Patient Care Technician

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Working As A Patient Care Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $31,140

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Care Technician Do

A Patient Care Technician provides daily assistance to patients. They work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in a variety of healthcare facilities.

How To Become A Patient Care Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.


Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.


Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

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Patient Care Technician Career Paths

Patient Care Technician
Medical Assistant Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Instructor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Patient Care Technician Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Polish

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Urdu

  • Swahili

  • Filipino

  • Dakota

  • Cantonese

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Top Skills for A Patient Care Technician


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Top Patient Care Technician Skills

  1. EKG
  2. Dialysis Treatment
  3. Phlebotomy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided doctors and nurses detailed EKG rhythm translations.
  • Administer Haemodialysis treatment per physicians' orders.
  • Copy charts for admissions, Suction, Take Vital Signs and perform Phlebotomy.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Measured vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight and height.

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