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Healthcare Technician:

A healthcare technician is an allied health professional who provides direct care to patients with or without the supervision of registered nurses.Healthcare technician’s primary position is to assist medical staff complete tasks around their assigned unit or clinic’s and accommodate patient needs.

Local Professional Profile: $12 – $22/hour (average entry level wage)

KETRIN HOCQUARD – Patient Care Technician at McLaren Northern Michigan

“Patient Care Technician is helping the patients walk with walkers, clean them up – really, everything they need us to do for them. We help the nurses a lot with sugar checks, bathing the patients, turn patients, use lifts, distribute medications, ensure patient safety – everything the nurses ask us to do with rehabilitation and everyday life in mind.”



    – Help patients walk using walkers
    – Assist patients with bathing
    – Perform sugar checks on patients
    – Turn the patients and use lifts
    – Distribute medications and prescriptions
    – Ensure patient safety
    – Graduated high school in 2012 and relocated to Florida
    – Was hired to work as a home health and personal care aide in the home of an elderly couple
    – Gained experience performing similar tasks in home health care to apply to her work experience
    – Moved back to Northern Michigan and was hired by McLaren
    – Will attend North Central Michigan College to earn a degree related to her career in the fall of 2016

Healthcare Technician Programs in the Area:

Emergency Medical Services (Basic) – (CD) – North Central Michigan College

Phlebotomy Technician – (CD) – North Central Michigan College

Surgical Technologist – (C) – North Central Michigan College

Surgical Technologist – (AAS) – North Central Michigan College

Emergency Medical Technician – (Basic) – (C) – Baker College – Cadillac

Medical Insurance Specialist – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Medical Administrative Specialist – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Medical Assistant – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Surgical Technology (AAS) Baker College – Cadillac

Veterinary Technology (AAS) Baker College – Cadillac

Therapeutic Massage – (C)  – Baker College – Cadillac

Therapeutic Massage – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac


Along with higher education facilities, our local school systems offer the following Career and Technical Education programs:

Health Occupations – (CTE) – Char-Em ISD

CTE – Career and Technical Education
C – Certificate
CD – Certificate of Development
AAS – Associate of Applied Science

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