Patient Care Assisting

Program Overview

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.

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (23 hours)
5
75
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today\'s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
6
135
Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.