Train to Become A Patient Care Technician (PCT), Apply Now for Spring Classes

By on January 24, 2019
Train to Become A Patient Care Technician

Patient care technicians are in high demand in the St. Louis area. Patient care technicians (PCTs) work alongside nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. St. Louis Community College offers a nine-week Patient Care Technician program that delivers a skilled patient care workforce that meets a growing need for support of patient well-being and healing. The program connects a pipeline of students who offer skills of collaboration, team-building, time management, and adaptability that translates to the hospital’s mission of personalized care.

Our students count their experience gained in our program as a win. Alyssa Williams, PCT graduate at St. Luke’s Hospital, enjoyed the experience-based model: “I’m thankful to be actually working rather than just shadowing other techs. I have gained so much knowledge and everything that I have seen in my life as far as a health career goes makes a lot more sense.” Another PCT graduate at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kara Main, recognizes this personal growth after going through the program: “I’ve known for some time that I want to work in health care like my mother and sister. I was progressing toward a nursing program before personal setbacks caused me to press pause and re-evaluate my path toward that goal. The option of a concentrated program that applies classroom-developed knowledge through labs and clinical rotations appealed to me.

STLCC is partnering with St. Luke’s Hospital with classes beginning March 4 (PDF fact sheet), and with Christian Hospital Northeast with classes beginning April 22 (PDF fact sheet), to offer Patient Care Technician training, with funding available for those who qualify.

St. Luke’s Hospital, located in Chesterfield Missouri, has been caring for patients for 150 years. Between the Chesterfield and Des Peres locations, they boast 636 patient beds. The PCT training with St. Luke’s is a 9 week training—6 weeks of classroom instruction at STLCC-Forest Park and 3 weeks of clinical practice at St. Luke’s Hospital. Upon successful completion of the training, students will then begin a one year apprenticeship working full time as a PCT. Please visit us at St. Luke’s Hospital for a recruitment event February 4 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, go to stlcc.edu/pct to begin the intake process by completing the online application and following the intake checklist.

Christian Hospital Northeast, a member of BJC Healthcare and located in Spanish Lake Missouri, is partnering with STLCC to provide a paid 9 week training, all of which is housed at the hospital itself. Since 1903 Christian Hospital has provided care to the community in North St. Louis County. If interested, please visit stlcc.edu/pct to learn more, complete an online application, and register for an information session. Seats are filling quickly, so apply now! Look for upcoming recruitment events.

Featured photo: Alyssa Williams, STLCC PCT graduate, June to September 2018 with St. Luke’s Hospital

About Laurie Hawkins

Laurie Hawkins is the Community Health Worker Program Coordinator/Career Pathway Coach for Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College.

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