How to Become a PCT in Ohio

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Have you always wanted to work in the healthcare field?

In that case, you could enjoy becoming a patient care technician (PCT) in Ohio.

Before starting your job, you have to know a few things about training and licensing.

So, read below as we have brought you some important information.

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Ohio

Ohio allows patient care technicians to work unsupervised.

However, this also means you will need some skills that allow you to perform your daily tasks.

Your main duties will be to assist the clinic’s patients, and family.

Some of the most important job duties 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

Some medical facilities request PCTs to finish some extra tasks.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Ohio

The criteria for becoming a PCT in Ohio are:

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

You also have to pass a certification exam.

In Ohio, you have to be listed Ohio Nurse Aide Registry as well.

Patient Care Technician Education in Ohio

First, you should join a facility that offers patient care tech training programs.

In Ohio, it will be easy to find a school that provides these programs, such as:

Top 22 Schools in Ohio

School NameAddress
Ace tutors466 Northfield rd suite 204 Bedford, OH 44146
Atech1565 State Route 167 Jefferson, OH 44047
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College3520 Central Parkway Cincinnati, Ohio - 45223-2690
Collins Career Center Main Campus11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619
Collins Career Center Coal Grove Campus120 Marion Pike, Coal Grove, Ohio 45638
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center9364 State Route 45 Lisbon, OH 44432
Columbus State Community College550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215
Community Career Training Institute55 Erieview, Ste.620 Cleveland, OH 44114
Ehove316 Mason Road West, Milan, OH 44846
Health Professions Academy at SuperJobs Center1916 Central Parkway Cincinnati OH 45214
KMR Training Center, LLC10966 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Larock Healthcare Academy61 West Aurora Road Northfield, Ohio 44067
Larock Healthcare Academy3260 W Henderson Rd, Ste 20 Columbus, Ohio 43220
Pike County Career Technology Center175 Beaver Creek Road Piketon, OH 45661
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center895 Crouse Chapel Road Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus3254 East Kemper Road Cincinnati OH 45241
Scioto Tech951 Vern Riffe Dr. Lucasville, OH 45648
Scioto Tech708 Fairgrounds Rd. Lucasville, OH 45648
Sinclair Community College444 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402
Tri-Rivers Career Center2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd. Marion, Oh 43302
Trumbull Career & Technical Center528 Educational Highway Warren, OH 44483
Workforce Development Center10100 Reading Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

The patient care technician programs finish after about a year or less.

You can also choose an Associates’ degree.

Such a degree lasts for longer to complete, about 3 to 4 years.

This will also give you the chance for better job opportunities.

If you want to attend a PCT training program, you need 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

The program will feature theory and practice.

Some of the subjects you will take are:

  • 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 Ohio

You will need to complete some steps before you can get hired.

To get a certification, you have to take the NHA exam.

This exam requires:

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

Those who didn’t finish a training program, also need at least 1 year of experience.

Most candidates prefer to join a program because tuition will be covered.

The certification exam usually lasts for about 2 hours or so.

The exam has 100 questions.

Furthermore, you will also need to answer 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Ohio

In Ohio, after you get a certification, you can work in any medical facility of your choice.

Some of these facilities include:

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

As a patient care tech in Ohio, you will make about $33,343  per year.

There are several factors that affect the salary you will get.

Some of these factors are location and how much experience you have.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Ohio

City NameSalary
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Ohio

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Akron, OH3,330$33,650$16.18$38,210$28,950
Canton-Massillon, OH2,360$32,760$15.75$39,310$27,090
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN10,810$34,390$16.53$39,870$28,450
Cleveland-Elyria, OH12,120$35,790$17.21$39,710$30,190
Columbus, OH9,410$34,680$16.67$39,400$28,320
Dayton, OH4,120$34,030$16.36$38,240$29,160
Lima, OH590$31,250$15.02$37,400$27,860
Mansfield, OH460$30,980$14.9$35,170$28,180
Springfield, OH610$32,860$15.8$36,720$29,220
Toledo, OH3,280$34,170$16.43$39,620$29,010
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA2,450$31,530$15.16$35,130$27,520
* 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 Ohio

Maybe you need to have more info on patient care techs, and in that case, check out the following:

  • Ohio Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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