Patient Care Assistant

Program Description

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.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses, Butts and Henry Centers
  • Major Code: PC21
  • Award Level: TCC
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 23

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED are NOT required
  • Meet assessment requirements

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Liability insurance per term$4
Medical exam and immunizationsVaries
Licensing exam$112
Criminal background and drug screen$78.50-81.50
(Fee is based on facility utilized for clinical. The fee for the criminal background check will increase if student has lived out of state.)

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology5
ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care3
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
Second Term
ALHS 1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences2
NAST 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals6
Choose one of the following:
EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Prof Development2
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology or a higher level(3)
Patient Care Assistant

Program Faculty

Vicky Mack
Program Coordinator

Kimberly Crawley

Wendy Jackson

Joann Middlebrooks
Instructor, Fayette

Charquela Sebede
Instructor, Fayette

Career and Academic Planning

Tyreece Echols
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
Flint Campus
Room 250A