Certificate in Patient Care Assistant

This one semester-program prepares students to enter the health care profession as an entry-level patient care assistant. Major topics include basic principles related to body systems, rehabilitation needs, personal care skills, safety, and special needs across the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe basic body functions and dysfunctions.
  • Demonstrate infection control and medical asepsis.
  • Identify safety issues and emergency procedures in both home and institutional settings.
  • Apply PCA skills in assisting patients.

Class Requirements


AHAC 151 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (.5)

HLCR 118 Patient Care Assistant Training (3)

HLCR 119L Patient Care Assistant Training Clinical (1)