Patient Care Assistant
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
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.
- Patient Care Assistant
Home Health Aide
- Nursing Assistant
Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 9% from 2018 to 2028.
The average wage for this career in Florida is $12.90 hourly or $26,840 annually.
The entire program is 290 hours. Certain Adult Education Centers do not offer all components of the program. Full completion of the program may be completed at a Technical College. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):
|OCP A||Basic Healthcare Worker||90 Hours|
|OCP B||Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)||75 Hours
|OCP C||Advanced Home Health Aide||50 Hours|
|OCP D||Patient Care Assistant||75 Hours|
|Total Hours: 290|
Location & Course’s Schedule
Patient Care Assistant is available at the following school (s):
|D.A. Dorsey Technical College||Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.|
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical College||Monday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center||Monday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.|
|Southwest Adult Education Center||Monday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.|
Contact Information at the Location:
Additional information can be provided by student services:
|LOCATION||COUNSELOR / REGISTRAR||PHONE NUMBER|
|D.A. Dorsey Technical College|
Don Hylor Jr.
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical College|
|Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center|
|Southwest Adult Education Center|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm.