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Patient Care Assistant - PC21 Technical Certificate of Credit

Program Description: 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. 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.

Locations Offered:
Valdosta
Ben Hill Irwin
Coffee
Cook

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores, Georgia Milestones Literature/Composition or Georgia Milestones American Literature/Composition (for meeting English requirement only) or GED score of 145 or higher, or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a High School overall GPA of 2.0, a HOPE Scholarship GPA of 2.6 or higher after the completion of 10th grade, or have 2 years documented work experience in the subject area. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Successful completion of NAST 1100 allows students to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide license through the Department of Community Health. Successful completion of ALHS 1100 allows students to sit for a private exam and become a certified Patient Care Technician. State funded health care facilities require a Certified Nurse Aide license through the Department of Community Health.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each semester on all campuses.

Experienced Worker Certification Form

This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.

Gainful Employment Information
Curriculum
General Education Course 2
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations & Professional Development 2
Occupational Courses 21
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care 3
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences 2
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences 2
Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
COLL 1010 College and Career Success Skills 3
COMP 2000 Intro. to Technology and Computer Application 3
Choose One of the Following (6 Hours) 6
ALHS 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals (Non-Certification) 6
NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals 6

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