The Health Care Assistant (HCA) Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the diploma level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery and are well prepared for employment and subsequent upward mobility. Health care assistants are employed in medical and surgical centers, medical laboratories, and the offices of physicians. They perform duties in direct patient care including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming or moving patients, as well as phlebotomy and electrocardiogram (EKG) skills as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). Postsecondary educational training in healthcare is increasing in importance for job acquisition.
In addition, students enrolled in the HCA certificate program can opt in for the Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician specialization which is designed to provide entry-level training that will prepare graduates to function in the sterile supply processing and distribution areas of healthcare facilities. The program is based on theory and clinical instruction that will apply scientific principles to the specific work area. Theory classes with laboratory participatory classes will prepare students for clinical application of skills and knowledge in healthcare facilities. Together with practical experiences provide students with the preparation necessary to be eligible to sit for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification exam. PCT students are eligible to register and sit for the Patient Care Technician//Assistant Certification Exam (CPT/A) which is accredited by the National Commission for certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Minimum Program Length: 3 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $4,297
Gainful Employment Disclosure
- Must be 17 years of age
- Official high school or GED transcript is 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.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.
At a Glance
This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.<
Introduces student to the role and responsibility of the Patient Care Technician. The course begins with a review of Nurse Aide Skills and expands to include blood drawing techniques, EKG measurement, basic wound care, basic respiratory care, colostomy care, and bladder catheter insertion.
This course provides an overview of the Central Sterile Processing and Distribution profession and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary to successfully participate as an entry level Central Sterile Processing Technician. Emphasis will be placed on the profession of Central Sterile Processing, basic sciences and related subjects, infection control, aseptic technique, equipment management, sterilization, instrumentation and supplies, legal issues, inventory management, safety, quality assurance, professional development and healthcare trends. Students completing this course will be eligible to apply to take the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) certification exam.<
This course complements CSSP 1010 Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician, and together with CSSP 1022 Central Sterile Processing Supply Practicum II, providing the practical hours necessary to meet the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) requirements to sit for the certification examination.
This course complements CSSP 1010 Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician, and together with CSSP 1020 Central Sterile Processing Supply Practicum II, providing the practical hours necessary to meet the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) requirements to sit for the certification examination.