How to Become a PCT in Georgia

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PCTs, or patient care technicians, are a vital component in any healthcare facility.

Read this guide if you’re interested in becoming one in Georgia!

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Georgia

Of course, you can’t know if you want to become a PCT without knowing what to expect doing.

If you’re somewhat familiar with the medical field jobs, the patient care technician can easily replace nurse assistants or home health nurses.

This is because these occupations have similar duties and responsibilities.

One main difference between these is that a PCT doesn’t need to be supervised while performing their duties.

Here are the most common duties and tasks of a patient care tech:

  • 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 not uncommon to receive additional duties, but this is more of a situational practice.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Georgia

What kind of person just you be to get hired as a patient care technician?

This is easy, as the ideal candidate usually meets these requirements:

  • 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 Georgia Nurse Aide Registry

Sometimes, some related experience might be also added to this list, along with other attributes.

Patient Care Technician Education in Georgia

The Georgia Nurse Aide Registry requires individuals to graduate from an appropriate training course and then pass an exam.

The training program you must look for has to be for future nurse aides.

In this state, you can choose one of the more than 20 schools that offer such training courses.

The schools can be seen in the table below.

Top 77 Schools in Georgia

School NameAddress
Albany Technical College1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Allied Health Education Center17 5150 Old National Hwy College Park, GA 30349
Altamaha Technical College1777 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545
American Professional Institute2131 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
American Professional Institute675 E.E. Butler Pkwy. Suite K, Gainesville, GA 30501
American Professional Institute1980 Riverside Dr, Macon, GA 31201
American Professional Institute1667 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon, GA 31206
American Professional Institute3353 Mercer University Dr., Macon, GA 31211
American Professional Institute2485 N. Columbia Suite 114, Milledgeville, GA 31061
API Decatur141 Sams Street Decatur, GA 30030
Athens Technical College800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Ashona Medical Institute1315 Milstead Road NE Conyers, GA 30012
Assured and Associates8336 Office Park Drive, Suite F Douglasville, GA 30134
Augusta Technical College3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and Technology5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Suite 450 Atlanta, GA 30342
Caregiver Solutions Training Institute2055 Rockbridge Rd. Suite B Stone Mountain, GA, 30087
Caregiver Solutions Training Institute343 Salem Gate Drive, Suite 100 Conyers , GA 30013
Center for Progressive Training, Inc.1805 Highway 138, SW Riverdale, GA 30296
Central Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central Georgia Technical College3300 MACON TECH DR Macon, GA 31206
Chattahoochee Technical College980 S Cobb Drive Dr. SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
CNU Medical Institute5855 Jimmy Carter Suite # 190 Norcross, GA 30071
CNU Medical Institute6399 Jimmy Carter Blvd # 100 Norcross, GA 30071
Coastal Pines Technical College1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503
Cobb CNA School5590 Mableton Parkway, Suite 121 Mableton, GA 30126
Columbus Technical College928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Covenant C.N.A School1 Baltimore PL NW Atlanta GA 30308
CPR with Mickey110 Evans Mill Drive, Suite 704 Dallas, GA 30157
Cumberland Health Services and Training3411 Austell Road, Suite 100 Marietta, GA 30008
Dominion Healthcare Solutions106 Forestay Court Savannah, GA 31410
Education And Career Resources of Georgia4055 Lawrenceville Hwy Lilburn GA 30047
Foldel Healthcare Services,2137 Britt Drive, Suite A Snellville, GA 30078
FORTIS COLLEGE2108 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeP.O. Box 569 265 Bicentennial Trail Rock Spring, Georgia 30739
Georgia Piedmont Technical College495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, Georgia 30021-2397
Gwinnett Technical College5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-5702
Health Tech of Georgia202 N. Davis Drive Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Helms College5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, Georgia 31206-5309
JOHNCO Institute650 Mount Zion Rd Suite A Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
Life Solutions for Health4798 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, Georgia 30034
Lanier Technical College2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30507
Lloyd Xavier Medical Training Institute134 South Clayton Suite 30 Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Lovelace Multicare Training Institute909 N. Cobb Parkway, Suite 104 Marietta, GA 30062
Malik College5115 New Peachtree Rd., Suite 100 Chamblee, GA 30341
McDonough Health Careers5355 Hunter Rd, Atlanta GA
Medix School2108 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Mentee Medical Institute3870 Lawrenceville Hwy., Ste. 120 Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Metro Medical Training Center1184 Concord Road Suite 5 Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Moultrie Technical College222 Rock House Road Ashburn, GA 31714
Moultrie-Industrial Drive Campus361 Industrial Drive Moultrie, GA 31768
Murray Career Institute233 Mitchell Street SW. 5th floor Suite 550 Atlanta, Georgia 30303
New Horizons Medical Institute5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd Suite J, Norcross, Georgia 30071
New Horizons Medical Institute138 Park Ave Suite 200, Winder, Georgia 30680-2130
New Horizons Medical Institute114 North Broad Street P. O. Box J Winder, GA 30680
Norcross Institute of Allied Health3070 Business Park Drive, Suite E, Norcross, GA 30071
North Georgia Technical College1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Oconee Fall Line Technical College1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, Georgia 31082
Ogeechee Technical CollegeOne Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Omnitech4319 Covington Hwy Suite 212, Decatur, GA 30035
Premier Medical Careers Inc.1015 Milstead Ave, Conyers, GA 30012
Professional Medical Institute4336 Covington Hwy, Suite 202 Decatur, GA 30035
Professional Medical Institute674 Mt. Zion Road Jonesboro, GA 30236
Savannah Technical College5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5594
South Georgia Technical College900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, Georgia 31709
Southeastern Technical College3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Southern Crescent Technical College501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Southern Regional Technical College15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792
The Training Center of NW Georgia, Inc.238 Nelson Street Cartersville, GA 30120
Tifton Campus52 Tech Drive Tifton, GA 31794
Village Samaritan, LLC251 Prism Drive, Suite 7 Carrollton, GA 30116
West Georgia Technical College176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, Georgia 30182
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Woodruff Medical Training and Testing1927 Lakeside Parkway, Tucker, Georgia 30084
Woodruff Medical Training and Testing2637 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur, Ga. 30033
Zenith Training and Testing Institute800 Towne Park Drive Suite 200, Rincon, GA 31326

Usually, the duration of these classes is under two years, and you’ll earn a certificate.

If you want to earn a degree, like an Associates’ or a Bachelors’ diploma, you’ll have to look at courses with a duration of over two years.

All the programs offered by the listed institutions have clinical practice hours included.

It’s mandatory for the students to attend all these classes.

So, how can you know you can register for such a program?

This is easy, as you’ll only have to meet the criteria set by the school:

  • A clean criminal record
  • A passed drug screening test
  • A passed TB skin test
  • Had vaccinations done for:
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Flu
    • Tetanus

Among the classes you’ll attend, we can name a few:

  • 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 Georgia

As mentioned, you’ll need to pass the examination for nurse aides, once you graduate.

The National Healthcare Association (NHA) offers both the test and the certification for this occupation.

Here are some of the papers you’ll have to present when signing up for the test:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Graduated from a specialized training program
  • Paid the exam fee – $149
  • Show proof of citizenship or nationality
  • Submit a set of fingerprints

Keep in mind that some of the schools mentioned earlier could cover the cost of the exam through the tuition.

Ask about this option when selecting the school.

Furthermore, if you have at least a year of experience in the field, you could be allowed to use that instead of enrolling in the training course.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Georgia

Now it’s time to learn about your work environment.

You can easily land a job with one of these establishments once you’re certified:

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

The average salary for a patient care technician in Georgia is $33,000 per year.

If you want more exact figures, this next table is here to help out!

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Georgia

City NameSalary
Warner Robins$31,719
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Georgia

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Albany, GA760$32,740$15.74$36,440$21,700
Athens-Clarke County, GA630$30,210$14.53$36,730$22,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA20,820$35,610$17.12$48,570$26,090
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC2,720$30,790$14.8$37,870$23,180
Brunswick, GA460$29,470$14.17$35,260$23,280
Columbus, GA-AL980$27,980$13.45$34,980$22,270
Dalton, GA390$31,090$14.95$36,540$23,870
Gainesville, GA1,060$31,580$15.18$39,240$23,950
Hinesville, GA120$28,490$13.7$38,480$21,830
Macon, GA1,520$30,090$14.46$36,600$22,870
Rome, GA880$29,400$14.13$36,170$23,530
Savannah, GA1,560$30,960$14.89$36,090$23,940
Valdosta, GA700$27,720$13.33$34,950$21,970
Warner Robins, GA690$29,660$14.26$36,180$22,660
* 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 Georgia

These are some resources that PCTs in this state use:

  • Georgia Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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