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Patient Care Assistant, O.C.


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Banner Code: PCAT

Occupational Certificate

(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 admission to 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. Cost is the responsibility of the student for admission urinalysis and any future random analysis.

This is a limited access program. A student should not assume assured admission until officially registered.

Program Notes:

  • 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

First Semester: 290 clock hours, 9.66 occupational credits


Patient Care Assistant Total: 290 clock hours, 9.66 occupational credits


Program Notes:


Students must:

  • purchase liability insurance, included in fees
  • purchase a uniform,
  • complete specific medical exams,
  • obtain personal health insurance, or accident insurance.

The following courses qualify as occupational completion points within the patient care assistant program:  HCP 0001C Health Careers Core 90 contact hours, 3 occupational credits , HCP 0430C Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide 125 contact hours, 4.16 occupational credits , HCP 0620C Patient Care Assistant 75 contact hours, 2.5 occupational credits .

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