In West Virginia a free Patient care technician training classes generally are offered through an employer. Another option is through the state Workforce Investment Act funds.
The WIA reforms Federal Job Training Programs and develops a new comprehensive career based investment system. The workforce investment activities are meant to increase employment in the state, retention and salary of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, to provide improvements on the quality of the workforce, help with reducing welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and career competitiveness in the economy in West Virginia.
Hospitals are the most traditional places that you will see patient care technicians employed, but now there have been several job opening for West Virginia for PCTs in medical clinics and laboratories.
Those who are certified nursing assistants in the state should talk to their current employer about advancing your current education. They may provide the assistance that you need to help fund your patient care technician training.
Workforce Investment Act Approved Training Centers in West Virginia
Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College
2001 Union Carbide Dr
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303-2735
Patient Care Technician Certificate in Applied Science
The Patient Care Technician is a program which prepares a skilled patient care professional to perform basic medical services, help those who are ill or injured, and assist individuals who need help with daily activities. There is a growing need for patient care throughout all segments of the healthcare industry. Patient care technicians work under the supervision of a provider and have direct patient contact as a member of the healthcare team. Employment opportunities may include Assisted living facilities, Urgent Care Clinics, Community Health Agencies, Home Health Services, Hospitals, Laboratories, Long-term Care Facilities, Medical Centers, Nursing Homes, Physical Therapy Departments, Physician Offices, and Rehabilitation Centers. Students learn from instructors who work in the healthcare field and understand what it takes to provide top quality healthcare. Patient care students learn skills in a medical lab on campus which replicates the medical care environment. Students will complete an extensive preceptor externship in a healthcare facility under the indirect supervision of faculty. The Program has an advisory board of healthcare professionals that guides curriculum so the students learn the latest skills healthcare companies expect of graduates.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will:
- Be eligible to sit for Patient Care Technician certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
- Be eligible to sit for separate Direct Healthcare Worker Cetification, Phlebotomy Technician Certification, EKG Technician Certification.
- Receive CPR and First Aid certifications.
- Be eligible to obtain employment at a Health Care Facility or transfer/matriculate to an Associate or Bachelor Degree Program in Health Care.