2022-2023 Catalog

Patient Care Assistant (PC21) Certificate

Campus Availability and Advisement:

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.

Entrance Date:


Entrance Requirements:

Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into Nursing and Allied Health Technology programs

Education Requirement: High School diploma or GED® is not required to enter or graduate from the program.

Program Final Exit Point:

Graduates will be able to apply to sit for Georgia’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination.

Required Courses (23 Credit Hours)

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


ALHS 1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development


NAST 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals


Total Credit Hours: 23 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation