(290 clock hours) (9.66 occupational credits)
The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Program is a component of the Patient Care Technician program and a certificate program which prepares a student to provide basic nursing care for the patient in the hospital, long-term care, outpatient clinic, or home health. A student who completes this program is eligible to take the State Certification Exam for the Certified Nursing Assistant.
An in-depth background screen is required for participation in the program.
In addition, students must establish that they are drug free by voluntarily submitting to drug screening analysis. Testing will be done by attended urinalysis for the following drug classes: amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine, opiates, and PCP. Instructions for the testing will be given at the beginning of HCP 0001C .
This is a limited access program. A student should not assume assured admission until officially registered.
- Students must receive a C or better in each course in order to continue in the program.
- Students must have means of transportation to clinical and home health sites
- HCP 0430C and HCP 0620C are offered in the Fall and Spring terms.