How to Become a PCT in Michigan

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Maybe you are interested in a career in healthcare.

If that’s the case, you can train to become a patient care technician in Michigan.

So, read on to learn more!

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Michigan

Being a PCT is similar to being a CNA, with one exception.

As a CNA you will mostly need supervision, while as a PCT, you can work unsupervised.

However, as PCT you will mostly work by yourself and without any supervision.

Your most important task entails aiding patients in the facility, but also their families and the personnel.

The main job tasks for a PCT 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

In Michigan, you need to be registered in the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry.

You may be required to perform additional job tasks besides the ones mentioned.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Michigan

You know you’re meant to be a PCT if you’re someone who:

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

Remember that some employers might request some extra skills to hire you.

To be listed in the Registry, you have to take and pass a test.

Patient Care Technician Education in Michigan

If you want to be listed in The Michigan Nurse Registry, you need to attend a training program.

Training will help you develop the skills necessary to work without supervision.

The schools that have PCT programs in Michigan are:

Top 24 Schools in Michigan

School Name Address
Abcott Institute 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 205, Southfield, Michigan 48075-5227
Alpena Community College 665 Johnson St, Alpena, Michigan 49707
Career Quest Learning Center 2116 South Mission Street, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858-4427
Career Quest Learning Centers 209 E Washington Ave, Ste 241, Jackson, Michigan 49201
Career Quest Learning Centers 3215 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48910
Delta College 1961 Delta Road, University Center, Michigan 48710
Dorsey School of Business 18660 Ford Rd, Detroit, Michigan 48228
Dorsey School of Business 31739 John R Road, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071
Dorsey School of Business 31522 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, Michigan 48066
Dorsey School of Business 440 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, Michigan 48341
Dorsey School of Business 19810 West Road, Woodhaven, Michigan 48183
Henry Ford College 5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
Lansing Community College 610 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48933
Michigan Career and Technical Institute 11611 West Pine Lake Road, Plainwell, Michigan 49080-9254
Montcalm Community College 2800 College Dr., Sidney, Michigan 48885-9723
Mott Community College 1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
North Central Michigan College 1515 Howard St, Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Ross College-Grand Rapids North 1624 Woodworth NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525-2473
Ross Medical Education Center 5177 West Main Street, Suite A, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009-1003
Ross Medical Education Center 2600 N. Saginaw, Midland, Michigan 48640-2690
Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152-2696
Washtenaw Community College 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Wayne County Community College District 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
West Shore Community College 3000 N Stiles Rd, Scottville, Michigan 49454-0277

The PCT programs in Michigan can last for only a few months, but some last for a year.

For example, if you decide to pursue an Associates’ degree, you will be in school for 2 years or more.

This way, you will get better credentials and a better job in the future.

Usually, the PCT programs provide theory hours and clinical practice.

To attend a PCT program in Associates’ degree, you should:

  • 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

Some of the classes you will take include the following:

  • 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 Michigan

It is pretty easy to get a PCT license in Michigan.

You have to complete the program, and pass the required exam.

In order to register for the NHA exam, 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

According to the NHA, you need a minimum of 1 year of experience if you didn’t attend a training program.

If you enroll in a program, your tuition is usually covered by the school.

This PCT certification test lasts for about 2 hours and has 100 questions.

Candidates also need to take 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Michigan

In Michigan, you can apply for a position in any medical facility with a PCT certification.

Some of these include:

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

In Michigan, the average salary for PCTs is around $34,000 per year.

You have a higher chance of a good salary if you live in a big city.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Michigan

City Name Salary
Detroit $34,681
Grand Rapids $33,068
Warren $34,681
Sterling Heights $34,572
Ann Arbor $35,186
Lansing $33,007
Clinton $35,022
Flint $31,784
Dearborn $34,681
Livonia $34,572
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Michigan

If you are in need of additional resources, remember to check out:

  • Michigan Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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