How to Become a PCT in Colorado

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The medical field is seen as a noble one to work in.

Luckily, there are many positions and occupations within it, and one of them is that of a patient care technician.

If you want to learn more about becoming a PCT in Colorado, read this article!

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Colorado

In reality, there are a few positions that are very similar when it comes to job descriptions and responsibilities.

These are certified nurse assistants, home health nurses, and patient care techs.

All these professionals work under doctors and help patients and their families.

However, not all of them can perform the same duties, and out of all, only the PCTs can complete more tasks and work unsupervised.

The most common duties of a patient care tech, are:

  • Bathing and feeding the patients
  • Catheter care
  • Maintaining patient rooms clean
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures
  • Talking to the patients’ families
  • Escorting patients to various places for further investigations

It’s the PCT’s responsibility to make sure he or she is registered with the Colorado Nurse Aid Registry.

It’s also possible to receive other tasks to complete, depending on the employer.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Colorado

Not everyone has the qualities needed by a future patient care technician.

The most important of them are:

  • Having a high school diploma or GED
  • Having good communication skills
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Being reliable
  • Being compassionate
  • Having a clean criminal background
  • Being certified
  • Having physical stamina
  • Being listed in the Colorado Nurse Aide Registry

Additional attributes may be added, based on employer and actual job title.

Patient Care Technician Education in Colorado

In Colorado, like most other states, the state’s Nurse Aide Registry requires individuals to have received some training beforehand.

This is easy to achieve as many institutions across the state offer training for this position.

These schools can be seen below.

Top 19 Schools in Colorado

School NameAddress
Aims Community College5401 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado 80634
Arapahoe Community College5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002
Colorado Mesa University1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
Colorado Mountain College802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233
Colorado Northwestern Community College500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, Colorado 81648-3598
Community College of Aurora16000 E CentreTech Pky, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
Community College of Denver1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80204-2026
Emily Griffith Technical College1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203
Front Range Community College4616 S. Shields Street Fort Collins, CO 80526
Front Range Community College3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031
Intellitec College-Grand Junction772 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
Lamar Community College2401 S Main St, Lamar, Colorado 81052-3999
Morgan Community College920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
Otero Junior College1802 Colorado Ave, La Junta, Colorado 81050
Pickens Technical College500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307
Pima Medical Institute-Denver7475 Dakin St. Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80221
Pueblo Community College900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Red Rocks Community College13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255
Trinidad State Junior College600 Prospect Street, Trinidad, Colorado 81082

Not all these schools offer the same courses.

This can easily be seen when looking at the duration of the program.

Many classes last for up to a year and they issue just a certificate.

If you want an Associate’s degree or higher, you’ll have to study for at least two years.

All the courses, regardless of the credentials they award, also include a set number of practice hours in a clinical setting.

Students must attend all these clinical hours.

To accept students in these courses, schools usually seek individuals with:

  • A clean criminal record
  • A passed drug screening test
  • A passed TB skin test
  • The following health immunizations:
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Flu
    • Tetanus

Here are some of the subjects you’ll study:

  • Providing patient safety
  • Providing basic care
  • Medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Basic infection control procedures and techniques
  • The structure and function of body systems
  • Identifying and reporting changes in the patient’s condition
  • Monitoring and recording bodily functions
  • CPR
  • First aide techniques
  • Drawing blood
  • Inserting catheters

Patient Care Technician Certification in Colorado

The state’s Nurse Aide Registry demands that those who want to work as PCTs must pass the exam offered by the NHA.

When signing up for the NHS exam you’ll be asked for:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Graduate from a specialized training program
  • Pay the exam fee – $149
  • Show proof of citizenship or nationality
  • Submit a set of fingerprints

If you have at least 1 year of experience in the field, you can use that instead of the training course.

You should know that many courses cover the exam fee through the charged tuition.

As far as the exam goes, it has a total of 120 questions, with 20 of them being pre-test.

The duration of the exam is 110 minutes.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Colorado

Once you passed your examination, you’re ready to get employed.

You can apply at these facilities:

  • Hospitals,
  • Clinics,
  • Rehabilitation centers,
  • Long term care and assisted living facilities,
  • Hospices
  • Home care

Knowing how much can you earn as a patient care tech is oftentimes important when making a decision.

As you can see from this next table, the salaries are higher in Denver, Westminster, and Thornton.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Colorado

City NameSalary
Colorado Springs$33,938
Fort Collins$33,195
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Colorado

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Boulder, CO930$41,020$19.72$48,500$33,650
Colorado Springs, CO3,250$38,080$18.31$44,470$32,500
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO10,990$40,250$19.35$46,660$34,260
Fort Collins, CO1,480$38,060$18.3$43,710$32,740
Grand Junction, CO630$35,630$17.13$39,340$30,630
Greeley, CO480$36,600$17.6$43,480$30,760
Pueblo, CO740$36,370$17.49$41,700$31,110
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Nursing Assistants, OCC Code 31-1131, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Colorado

Extra help is always welcomed, and for this, PCTs from Colorado can use these resources:

  • Colorado Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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