Patient Care Assisting
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. Graduates of the Patient Care Assistant TCC program are prepared to perform varying tasks, such as helping patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They also answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and provide other light housekeeping services. Patient care assistants sometimes are responsible for taking a patient's temperature, pulse rate, respirations, or blood pressure. They also may help provide care to patients by helping them get out of bed and assist with ambulation, escorting them to operating and examining rooms, or providing skin care. Some patient care assistants help other medical staff by setting up equipment, storing and moving supplies, or other tasks medical staff may need.
Patient care assistants employed in nursing care facilities often are the principal caregivers and have more contact with residents than do other members of the staff. Because some residents may stay in a nursing care facility for months or even years, patient care assistants develop positive, caring relationships with their patients. 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.
- Must be 16 years of age
- Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
- Compass Minimum test score:Reading 70,English 32,Mathematics 26
- Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all core courses and a "B" in Nurse Aide Fundamentals to graduate.
- Students enrolled in the Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit may be required to successfully pass both criminal background checks and drug screening procedures to participate in clinical experiences with patients in licensed facilities. The clinical facilities reserve the right to prohibit clinical experience based on negative background checks.