Becoming a Patient Care Technician
At Fresenius Medical Care, we are proud of our ability to help 26 million patients annually with our hemodialysis treatment. As a Patient Care Technician, you’ll be at the heart of what we do, working closely with your extended team and directly with patients. What does this job entail and where can it take you? We’ve highlighted everything you need to know about the PCT position, below.
Skills and Requirements
As a role with relatively few prerequisites, we find individuals with various backgrounds are interested in the PCT position. Qualifications include a CMS certificate, H.S. Diploma, or GED. The extensive time spent with patients results in unique challenges that require critical soft skills. Candidates with a passion for bettering the lives of others and who enjoy building patient relationships will find the most success and job satisfaction.
Training and Support
To help you succeed in this position, we offer a comprehensive training program as you start off, as well as ongoing on-the-job support. Our 90-day training program (PREP) combines classroom instruction and clinical-based training to help prepare you to work independently. During the training program, you’ll also have access to mentors assigned to support and guide you as you learn.
While every day is different for a PCT, the majority of your day-to-day activities will focus on patient care, with tasks including performing dialysis evaluations and reporting findings. You will also spend a portion of your time prepping equipment and performing administrative tasks, allowing you to gain a well-rounded experience.
After working as a Patient Care Technician, you can take a career path that is suited to your skills. For a more patient-centered path, you can become a Registered Nurse and, eventually, a Clinical Manager. In fact, we recently interviewed a Clinical Manager who started her career as a PCT; she’s sharing her tips for success here. PCTs who enjoy the technical aspect of the role can also become Biomed Technicians. Regardless of your preference, you’ll have access to great benefits like tuition reimbursement to help continue your professional development.
If you’ve considered a career in patient care, but weren’t sure where to start, this is the place. Take a closer look at our PCT positions today.