Health Care Technician

Why Health Care Technician at DCTC?

The Health Care Technician program at DCTC is supported by an array of Allied Health offerings closely aligned with the health care industry. Minnesota is reaping the benefits from an upsurge in health care-related occupations. In a 2013 study, the Brookings Institution reported that 10.8 percent of all jobs in the Twin Cities metro area are in the health care field. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development found that health care was the only employment sector in the state that continued to expand during the recession. DCTC gears every Allied Health offering following the college mission: Education for Employment. The Health Care Technician outcome is a work-ready A.A.S. degree.

Elective certifications are a key advantage built into the Health Care Technician program. Students will graduate with three certificates and have the opportunity to test for the Patient Care Technician/Assistant Certification (CPCT/A) administered by the National Healthcareer Association.

Certificates are offered in the following areas:


Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician
This concentration prepares you to perform diagnostic electrocardiograms at a hospital or other medical facility.

Phlebotomy
This concentration prepares you to be a specialist in obtaining blood samples at a clinic, hospital, laboratory or other medical facility.

Nursing Assistant
This concentration prepares you to assist dependent clients, home care recipients, and patients with personal care needs.

Trained Medication Aide (TMA)
This concentration prepares you to dispense patient medications under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This concentration prepares you to provide lifesaving emergency care in a variety of settings.

CPCT/A (test preparation)
The Certified Patient Care Technician assists doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in providing direct patient care in a variety of health care environments.

Quick Facts

  • Health care in the U.S. is a $1.668 trillion industry with with nearly 785,000 companies and about 16.8 million employees

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that health care and social assistance will generate 28 percent of all new jobs nationwide from 2010 to 2020

  • That translates into 5.7 million new jobs for health care professionals and technicians of every type

  • Median pay for medical laboratory technicians in the Minnesota is more than $21/hour, which is above the statewide median. (ISEEK Careers).

  • Employment for medical laboratory technicians in the Minnesota is expected to grow by 20.4 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is well above the statewide average. (ISEEK Careers).

  • Median pay for electrocardiogram technicians in the Minnesota is more than $27/hour, which is above the statewide median. (ISEEK Careers). technician

  • Employment for electrocardiogram technicians in the Minnesota is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is well above the statewide average. (ISEEK Careers).