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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2016-2017

Palm Beach State College

Patient Care Assistant PSAV

Patient Care Assistant  (5233)

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
This PSAV program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant. Students can begin their health careers by enrolling in the Patient Care Assistant program. This is the first step on the nursing or health care career ladder.
The Patient Care Assistant curriculum integrates classroom with clinical performance. Course content includes basic concepts in health science, nursing assistant, home health aide and patient care assisting.

Program Accreditation
This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
Approximate length: 3 1/2 months. Program is offered full-time days and part-time evenings.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Amanda Sherrill,, (561) 868-3537
Lawrence Herrington,, (561) 868-3412 

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Required Courses Clock Hours: 290
  Group A  
HSC0003 Health Care Concepts 78
HSC0003L Health Care Concepts Lab 12
HCP0120 Nursing Assistant 75
  Group B  
HCP0300 Home Health Aide 50
  Group C  
HCP0620 Patient Care Assistant 75
Total Program Clock Hours: 290

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Students who complete this program may provide patient care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation clinics or private homes.

Gainful Employment
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.

Career Path Notes
The Patient Care Assistant program is designed to have multiple career options. Students who complete the program will have a base on which more complex skills can be added.
Students who complete the program will receive certificates in nursing assisting (75 hours), home health aide (50 hours) and patient care assisting (75 hours) and will be eligible to take the Florida Certification Exam for Nursing Assistants.

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