How to Become a PCT in Illinois

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Most healthcare facilities rely on PCTs, or patient care technicians, to offer the best possible care to the sick and not only.

Read this guide if you’re interested in becoming a patient care tech in Illinois!

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Illinois

PCTs have very similar job duties as home health nurses.

As expected, there are some differences as well, and for these two occupations, the main difference is the possibility of working unsupervised.

Those who work as patient care techs have this option.

The main duties a PCT has to complete can be seen below:

  • 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

Depending on the situation, a patient care tech may receive additional tasks.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Illinois

Remember that not everyone will be hired to work as a PCT.

These are the requirements the ideal candidates have to meet:

  • 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 Illinois Nurse Aide Registry

As with the duties, additional prerequisites may be added by the employers.

Patient Care Technician Education in Illinois

Not everyone can be listed in the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry.

You’ll first have to graduate from a training program and then pass an exam that has both a written and a practice part.

Training programs for nurse aides in this state are found at the schools below.

Top 45 Schools in Illinois

School Name Address
Black Hawk College 6600-34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265-5899
Career Center of Southern Illinois 6137 Beck Rd, Red Bud, Illinois 62278
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612-3197
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
College of Lake County 19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
Danville Area Community College 2000 E Main St, Danville, Illinois 61832-5118
Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois 60123-7193
Frontier Community College 2 Frontier Drive, Fairfield, Illinois 62837
Heartland Community College 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, Illinois 61761-9446
Highland Community College 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, Illinois 61032-9341
Illinois Central College 1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
Illinois Valley Community College 815 N Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692
John A Logan College 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, Illinois 62918-2500
John Wood Community College 1301 S 48th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62305-8736
Joliet Junior College 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
Kankakee Community College 100 College Drive, Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Kaskaskia College 27210 College Rd, Centralia, Illinois 62801
Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, Illinois 60150-9699
Lake Land College 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Lewis and Clark Community College 5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, Illinois 62035
Lincoln Land Community College 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256
Lincoln Trail College 11220 State Hwy 1, Robinson, Illinois 62454
McHenry County College 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761
Methodist College 7600 N. Academic Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615
Midwest Technical Institute 280 High Point Ln, East Peoria, Illinois 61611
Midwest Technical Institute 2731 Farmers Market Road, Springfield, Illinois 62707
Morton College 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804-4398
Oakton Community College 1600 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
Olney Central College 305 N West Street, Olney, Illinois 62450
Parkland College 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
Prairie State College 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411-8226
Rend Lake College 468 N Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, Illinois 62846
Richland Community College One College Park, Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
Rock Valley College 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114-5699
Sauk Valley Community College 173 Illinois Rt 2, Dixon, Illinois 61021-9112
Shawnee Community College 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, Illinois 62992
South Suburban College 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473-1200
Southeastern Illinois College 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Southwestern Illinois College 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, Illinois 62221-5899
Spoon River College 23235 North County 22, Canton, Illinois 61520-8622
State Career College 2770 W. Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois 60085-5129
Triton College 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, Illinois 60171-1995
Wabash Valley College 2200 College Drive, Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863
Waubonsee Community College Rte 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554-9454
William Rainey Harper College 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, Illinois 60067-7398

The duration of the program varies.

Furthermore, even the type of diploma you can earn varies.

Expect to study for at least 1 year for a certificate.

Since the spots in each program are limited, students must show:

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

Here is a list of some of the classes you’ll attend:

  • 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 Illinois

Once you graduate, in Illinois, you have to pass the nurse aide exam that the National Healthcare Association (NHA) offers.

This is the license patient care techs in this state need to obtain.

The paperwork you must gather when signing up for the exam, must show you:

  • 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

Make sure you don’t pay the test fee twice, as some schools have it included in the tuition they charge.

If you don’t want or can’t attend a training course, you could, instead, accumulate related experience for at least 1 year.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Illinois

It’s easy to answer the “Where do PCTs in Illinois work” question.

The answer is below:

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

As far as salary goes, it is based on several factors including experience, location, and even certifications.

The next table will show you the average salaries in the state’s major urban areas.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Illinois

City Name Salary
Chicago $36,174
Aurora $35,872
Joliet $35,277
Rockford $33,580
Naperville $35,524
Springfield $31,472
Peoria $32,935
Elgin $35,560
Waukegan $34,137
Champaign $32,032
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Illinois

Here are some resources you can use when in need:

  • Illinois Nurse Aide Registry
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • National Health Association
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