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. 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.
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $3,200
- Must be 16 years of age
- Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcripts required to apply
- Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
- Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the Registrar Office.
- Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all essential courses as required and a "B" in Nurse Aide Fundamentals to graduate.
Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at www.tcsg.org/tcsgpolicy/menu.html.
*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.