Patient Care Technician 

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Patient Care Technicians provide an infrastructural backbone to the more focused procedures of the health industry. This Patient Care Technician Program is designed to generate a vital member of the healthcare team who will be expected to perform clinical and administrative duties in a medical office, nursing home,

or hospital. Patient care technicians (PCTs) tend to ill and injured individuals and assist with critical day-to-day care. They primarily work under the supervision of a nurse but may occasionally work under the supervision of a provider such as a physician.

What we do:

• Basic nursing skills

• Rehabilitation care

• Care of surgical patients

• Phlebotomy procedures

• EKGs and many patients care activities

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Magdalena Rodriguez, LVN

Career Programs Director

Magdalena Rodriguez serves as the Patient Care Technician Program Director for RGV Vocational Services. Her role is to implement and evaluate daily lesson plans for students.Rodriguez also plans instruction to achieve specific objectives based upon student need and established curriculum, monitors attendance and performance of students in the program. An essential part of her job is also to review student success rates and implement a plan to reduce student withdrawals, maintaining at least a 90% student success rate for all classes taught in the program. 

Mrs. Rodriguez earned her LVN license in 2009 via St. Michael's School of Nursing and Technology in Weslaco, Texas. She has worked as a charge nurse in various nursing homes, home health care, medical insurance services, allergy testing nurse and most recently as an Instructor and Program Director. Mrs. Rodriguez proudly serves our country as a Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 2nd Class in the United States Navy Reserves, since 2014. As a Corpsman, she performs duties as an assistant in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury and works side by side with health care professionals in providing medical care to Navy service members and their families.  

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