How to Become a PCT in Wisconsin

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Do you like working in the healthcare industry?

If you want to go on a new career path, you can easily become a patient care technician (PCT) in Wisconsin.

But, before you can do that, you will need some info about the job.

So, check out the article below where you can find info about training and education.

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Wisconsin

As a PCT in Wisconsin, you will have some important job tasks to finish every day.

The main role you will have is assisting the clinic’s patients as well as their families.

Some of the tasks you need to finish on a daily basis are:

  • Bathing and feeding 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

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Wisconsin

The requirements for this job are as follows:

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

To work as a PCT in Wisconsin, you need to be listed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.

Patient Care Technician Education in Wisconsin

You will also need to develop your skills, and for that, you should attend training.

You can do so by looking for some programs in your area.

There are several patient care tech training programs offered by facilities in Wisconsin.

In order to see which are these facilities, have a look below:

Top 2 Schools in Wisconsin

School NameAddress
Rasmussen College904 South Taylor Street Suite 100 Green Bay, WI 54303
Rasmussen College3500 E. Destination Drive Suite 100 Appleton, WI 54915

Some of the training programs last for some months, while others last for an entire year.

If you plan on pursuing higher education, you can enroll in an Associate’s degree program.

This program lasts for 2 to 3 years on average, but also brings better prospects.

In order to join a training program, you have to:

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

The classes you will attend include theory and practice.

Some of the classes you need to join 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 Wisconsin

You will only be able to get certified if you take an NHA exam.

To join the exam, you need to:

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

If you complete training, you don’t need to have other experience in the field.

However, you need one year of experience if you didn’t complete one.

The exam you need to pass has 100 questions, spread over 2 hours.

You also have to take 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Wisconsin

After you take the exam, you will get your patient care tech license.

This means that you can start looking for a job in any facility, such as:

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

In Wisconsin, patient care techs make about $33,636  annually.

You will receive a higher salary if you work in a bigger city, like Kenosha, Milwaukee, or Janesville.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Wisconsin

City NameSalary
Green Bay$32,759
Eau Claire$31,838
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Wisconsin

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Appleton, WI840$35,780$17.2$40,010$30,660
Eau Claire, WI760$35,680$17.16$41,200$30,600
Fond du Lac, WI470$36,130$17.37$40,410$30,910
Green Bay, WI1,500$36,200$17.41$39,160$30,780
Janesville-Beloit, WI570$35,330$16.99$41,250$31,080
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN940$36,370$17.49$42,090$31,070
Madison, WI2,920$38,910$18.71$46,890$31,130
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI8,410$37,290$17.93$42,470$30,790
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI660$35,840$17.23$40,960$30,740
Racine, WI630$36,450$17.53$41,790$30,560
Sheboygan, WI480$36,540$17.57$39,440$30,750
Wausau, WI450$35,070$16.86$38,100$30,220
* 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 Wisconsin

If you want to get extra resources, check out the following sites:

  • Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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