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50 minutes ago, syd3333 said:

Just wanted some advice. Does anyone have insight to on how different types of PCE are classified? Is having 1000 hours of being a PT aide equal to 500 patient care technician? I guess there is no right and wrong answer, just wanted to see some opinions! Thanks guys!

Depends on the program's preference. Each program implies what they rather have on their admission or prerequisites web pages. 

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Agree with above! Some schools rank PCE by quality, but to some PCE is PCE.

It is hard for me to think that a school will completely disregard what a candidates PCE is in even if they say they don't rank it. The type of PCE can greatly impact who someone is as a person, the way they think in situations, and overall communication. Just my two cents! Also I think it would be difficult to really compare hours of one to hours of another lol 

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Its already been said - depends on the school....do your homework and see what the school requirements are.   Some accept scribe, some do not, some count athletic training as 25%, others full time. Some are hours based some are "how much patient care" (ie responsibility).

I will tell you what I did and why I did it.   Phleb, Athletic Trainer, Med Tech.   Close to 2000 total hours

  Phleb is easy to get into, gain a lot of hours, however low quality

 Athletic Trainer harder to get into, not bad on hours, however higher quality in most cases

 Med Tech - where you are responsible for taking history, drawing the specimen and running the tests.  Low on quality but high on science.

The amount of PCE or quality was not as impressive as the breadth.   This breadth was brought up in interviews and allowed me to expand on.

In the end, its what you can obtain.  Some go large PCE in one thing, others more breadth....The latter worked for me and that's the only reason I'm passing it along.

Good Luck!

 

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I did around 1000 hours as an ED tech and got several interviews and offers. Each school seemed very interested in what I had learned and seen in the ED, so I absolutely believe that the quality and variety of your experience is much more important than the number of hours - at least it was for me.

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