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Degrees and certificates in the Health Professions Readiness program may lead to the following jobs or careers:
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All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence
Health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the U.S. economy through 2024 — nearly a third of all jobs — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing careers are in health care occupations, according to CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Medical professionals increasingly rely on health care support staff so they can treat more patients, depending on positions such as home health aides, certified nurse aides and patient care technicians.
CareerOneStop lists projected job growth for nursing assistants (with essentially the same job skills as a patient care technician) as increasing by 26%.
Patient care technicians (PCTs) work alongside doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care environments. PCTs help patients with tasks they may not be able to do for themselves, such as eating, getting out of bed and personal hygiene.
Patient care technicians perform the duties of a certified nurse aide (CNA) but are also trained to perform some basic medical duties, such as EKG readings and phlebotomy (drawing blood).
Becoming a patient care technician prepares you for entry-level positions in the health care industry if you want to go right to work. The position is also an excellent foundation for medical careers such as nursing, radiologic sciences and imaging specialties.
Job responsibilities include:
A patient care technician: