Patient Care Assistant (5233)
Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate
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.
This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/program-learning-outcomes.
- Complete an Application for Admission, located at
- No high school diploma or GED is required.
- Attend a mandatory Patient Care Assistant information session.
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
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
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|Required Courses||Clock Hours: 290|
|HSC0003||Health Care Concepts||78|
|HSC0003L||Health Care Concepts Lab||12|
|HCP0300||Home Health Aide||50|
|HCP0620||Patient Care Assistant||75|
|Total Program Clock Hours: 290|
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.
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/