How to Become a PCT in Kansas

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If your ideal job is in healthcare, you can easily become a patient care technician in Kansas.

But, before that, you have to learn more about this job and what it entails.

So, read on for more info.

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Kansas

PCTs and CNAs have similar job duties, with a few differences.

For example, you will not require supervision as PCT.

Patient care techs assist patients, but also their families and the other staff.

Your daily job tasks will include:

  • 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

In Kansas, you need to register in the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.

In some cases, PCTs are required to complete additional daily duties.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Kansas

The job requirements for PCTs are:

  • Having a high school diploma or GED
  • Having good communication skills
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Being compassionate
  • Having a clean criminal background
  • Being certified
  • Having physical stamina

You may also be required to have some additional skills.

In addition, you have to pass an exam to be listed in the Registry.

Patient Care Technician Education in Kansas

The Kansas Nurse Registry requires those wanting to become patient care techs to join training courses first.

PCTs perform some unsupervised tasks and thus need a certain skill set.

The schools providing patient care technician programs in Kansas are listed net.

Top 22 Schools in Kansas

School Name Address
Allen County Community College 1801 N Cottonwood, Iola, Kansas 66749
Barton County Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530
Cloud County Community College 2221 Campus Dr, Concordia, Kansas 66901-1002
Coffeyville Community College 400 W 11th St, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337-5064
Colby Community College 1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701
Cowley County Community College 125 S 2nd St, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
Flint Hills Technical College 3301 W 18th St, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5957
Fort Scott Community College 2108 S Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
Highland Community College 606 W Main, Highland, Kansas 66035-4165
Hutchinson Community College 1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
Independence Community College 1057 West College Avenue, Independence, Kansas 67301-0708
Johnson County Community College 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
Kansas City Kansas Community College 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112
Manhattan Area Technical College 3136 Dickens Ave, Manhattan, Kansas 66503-2499
Neosho County Community College 800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
North Central Kansas Technical College 3033 US Highway 24, Beloit, Kansas 67420
Northwest Kansas Technical College 1209 Harrison St, Goodland, Kansas 67735
Pratt Community College 348 NE SR 61, Pratt, Kansas 67124
Salina Area Technical College 2562 Centennial Road, Salina, Kansas 67401
Seward County Community College 1801 N. Kansas Ave., Liberal, Kansas 67901
Washburn Institute of Technology 5724 SW Huntoon, Topeka, Kansas 66604-2117
Wichita State University 4004 N Webb Rd. Bldg 100, Wichita, Kansas 67226

The patient care technician programs can last for some months and up to a year.

After the training is finished, you will receive your certification.

But, if you choose to get an Associates’ degree level or higher, you will study for about 2 years.

Completing higher education will provide you with better job opportunities.

Your training will combine theory with clinical practice.

To join a training program, you are required to:

  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Passed a drug screening test
  • Passed a TB skin test
  • Have the following health immunizations done:
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Flu
    • Tetanus

As a PCT student, you’ll learn and train skills such as:

  • 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 Kansas

It is not hard to get the certification you need in Kansas.

First,m you need to complete training, and then take the certification exam.

To sit for the NHA test, you have to:

  • 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

NHA requires 1 year of experience as an alternative to finishing a training course.

Programs pay for the exam fee, so it is more convenient to enroll in a school.

This PCT test has a duration of 2 hours and features 100 questions.

You will be required to answer 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Kansas

In Kansas, you can find a job in many healthcare facilities.

Some of these are:

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

In Kansas, you can expect to earn an average yearly salary of around $32,000.

You might get a higher salary if you reside in a larger area of the state.

This is also the case for patient care techs who have more credentials and experience in the field.

Annual Salary Range:
$26K
$32K
$41K

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Kansas

City Name Salary
Wichita $32,837
Overland Park $33,355
Kansas City $33,474
Olathe $33,264
Topeka $31,878
Lawrence $32,384
Shawnee $33,355
Manhattan $31,537
Lenexa $33,355
Salina $32,496
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Kansas

If you are looking for other career resources, don’t forget to have a look at the following:

  • Kansas Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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