How to Become a PCT in Texas

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There are many benefits to becoming a PCT, or patient care technician, in Texas as this state offers many job opportunities.

If you want to learn more about it, all you have to do is read the following article.

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Texas

If you plan on becoming a patient care tech in Texas, you will have some main job tasks each day.

Generally, your main duty will be aiding patients, clinic personnel, and the family of the patients you are assigned.

However, you should also be ready to perform a variety of other job tasks.

Typically, your daily duties will be:

  • 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

PCTs work unsupervised, so you will have to get some skills in order to complete your daily tasks.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Texas

To get hired for your first job, you need to prove the following:

  • 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 will also need to be listed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry.

Sometimes, having some experience from working in the field can be demanded or a plus in the hiring process.

Patient Care Technician Education in Texas

The easiest way to develop the needed skills is to join a training program.

These training programs for patient care techs are generally offered by many schools in Texas.

So, you should search for a school that is closer to your location.

Some of the facilities offering programs in Texas are listed here.

Top 37 Schools in Texas

School Name Address
Alpha Career Institute 1115 E. Pioneer Pkwy # 112, Arlington, TX 76010
American Medical Institute INC Building 2 6902 Cook Road Houston, TX 77072
BAH Career Training 2433 Goldfinch Lane Garland, TX 75042
BAH Career Training 203 E Camp Wisdom Rd, Suite A Duncanville, TX 75116
Brightwood College 6410 McPherson Road Laredo, TX 78041
Brightwood College 711 East Airtex Drive Houston, TX 77073
Brookhaven College 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX 75244-4997
Career Centers of Texas Campus 1620 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 600 Corpus Christi, TX 78416
Dallas Career Institue 8061 Walnut Hill Lane #912 Dallas, Texas 75231
Excel Learning Center 111 Rayburn Dr., Suite 101 San Antonio, TX 78221
Excel Learning Center 3218 NorthWestern Dr. San Antonio, TX 78238
Excel Learning Center 3 Butterfield Trail El Paso, TX 79906
Excel Learning Center 1220 Lomaland Suite G-6 El Paso, TX 79907-1400
Houston Community College 3100 Main St., Houston TX 77002,
Houston Community College 1900 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030
Houston Community College 1300 Holman Street Houston, TX 77004
Houston Community College 555 Community College Drive, Houston, TX 77013
Houston Community College 6815 Rustic Street, Houston, TX 77087
Houston Community College 5407 Gulfton Drive, Houston, TX 77081
Kaplan College 620 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 600 Corpus Christi, TX 78416
Key Access Institute 9800 Centre Parkway, Suite 530 Houston, Texas 77036
Lone Star College System 30555 Tomball Parkway Tomball, TX 77375
Lone Star College System 2700 W W Thorne Dr, Houston, Texas 77073
Lone Star College System 9191 Barker Cypress Road Cypress, TX 77433
South Texas College 3201 W. Pecan McAllen, Texas 78501
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute 2419 E. Haggar Ave Weslaco, TX 78596
South Texas Training Center 5460 Springfield # 111 Laredo, TX 78041
South Texas Training Center 213 E. Ferguson Pharr, TX 78577
South Texas Training Center 1901 W. Hwy 77 San Benito, TX 78586
Teamwork Services 307 East Pioneer Parkway Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Texas School of Business 711 East Airtex Drive, Houston, Texas 77073
The University of Texas 1851 Crosspoint, Suite 1270 Houston, TX 77054-3709
The University of Texas 9390 Research Blvd., Kaleido II, Ste. 300 Austin, TX 78759
The University of Texas 140 West Mitchell Street Arlington, TX 76010
Trinity Valley Community College 100 Cardinal Drive Athens, TX 75751
Trinity Valley Community College 800 Hwy. 243 West Kaufman, Texas 75142
Valley Grande Institute 345 S. Texas Blvd Weslaco, TX 78596

The program you enroll in will last for several months.

Some programs also last for an entire year or more, even 2 to 3 years.

This is mostly the case for Associate’s degree programs that also provide better credentials.

To join a program, you have 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 courses you will join include theory hours, but also lab practice.

Usually, you will take the following classes:

  • 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 Texas

Passing an NHA exam is essential if you want to get a certification.

To join the exam, you need to:

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

If you join a program, you don’t need any extra experience.

However, those who did not complete a program need to have a year of experience in the field.

The certification exam features 100 questions and lasts for around 2 hours.

First, candidates need to answer 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Texas

Getting certified will allow you to be hired in a facility of your choice.

Some of the facilities that hire PCTs include:

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

In Texas, the median salary for a patient care tech is about $33,533 yearly.

You will be able to get a higher salary if you live in a bigger city compared to a rural area, such as Houston for instance.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Texas

City Name Salary
Houston $35,002
San Antonio $33,206
Dallas $33,927
Austin $33,585
Fort Worth $33,275
El Paso $29,869
Arlington $33,220
Corpus Christi $32,052
Plano $33,781
Laredo $30,437
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Texas

Maybe you need more career resources, and for that, you can check out the following:

  • Texas Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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