Patient Care Assistant

Offered At the following campus locations
Program Overview

The Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students with rigorous classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences to perform a full range of patient care duties or services under nursing or medical direction. This includes taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, observing and charting patient information, and reporting appropriate information to supervisors. It may also include providing various outreach services to clients within the community. Students who successfully complete the Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the State nurse aide registry.

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Acceptance into the Patient Care Assistant certificate program does not guarantee participation in the clinical setting. A physical examination is required prior to entering the clinical facility. A drug test and a criminal background check may be a stipulation by the clinical facility before beginning the clinical rotation. Failure to complete such requirement to the satisfaction of the clinical facility could prohibit the clinical experience, thus, terminating participation before graduation.

Course Overview
CourseCredit Hours
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care 3
ALHS 1060 Diet & Nutrition for AHS 2
ALHS 1090 Med Term/Allied Health Sciences 2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev 2
NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals 6
*23 minimum semester hour credits required for certificate