Patient Care Assistant Program

Assisting patient with care for activities of daily living ensuring that patient needs were fully met

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.

Introduction:

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health Science career cluster.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as cross trained nursing assistants (SOC 31-1014 Nursing Assistants). All others, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies, or Home Health Aides.  This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long term care settings.

The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Career Opportunities:

  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Home Health Aide

  • Nursing Assistant

Employment Outlook:

Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.

Salary:

The average wage for this career in Florida is $13.78 hourly or $28,660 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 290 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCPCOURSEHOURS
OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker 90 Hours
OCP BNurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)75 Hours
OCP CAdvanced Home Health Aide50 Hours
OCP DPatient Care Assistant75 Hours
Total Hours: 290

Location & Course’s Schedule:

Patient Care Assistant is available at the following school (s):

LOCATION COURSE’S SCHEDULE
American Adult Education Center    

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

 
LOCATION COUNSELOR / REGISTRAR PHONE NUMBER
American Adult Education Center
(305) 557-3770
Dr. Maria Llossas
Bibiana Castro
Vicky Garcia
Ext. 2250
Ext. 2258
Ext. 2324

 

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