Patient Care Assistant
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.
- 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
- 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 immunizations||Varies|
|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.
|ALHS 1011||Anatomy and Physiology||5|
|ALHS 1040||Introduction to Health Care||3|
|ALHS 1090||Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences||2|
|COMP 1000||Introduction to Computers||3|
|ALHS 1060||Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences||2|
|NAST 1100||Nurse Aide Fundamentals||6|
|Choose one of the following:|
|EMPL 1000||Interpersonal Relations and Prof Development||2|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology or a higher level||(3)|