Next Start Date: January 2017
Application Deadline: November 15, 2016
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Patient Care Assistant Program: Patient Care Assistants or Certified Nursing Assistants provide nursing support for RN/LPN staff in the hospital/or skilled nursing facility. They may also assist with the care of children, new mothers, infants and the elderly. The Certified Nursing Assistant works under the supervision of a registered professional nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse; in a nursing facility, or as a private Home Health Aid. A Patient Care Assistant's duties in a nursing facility include but are not limited to: measuring vital signs and assisting patients with daily living activities. A Patient Care Assistant working in the capacity as a Home Health Aid's duties include, but are not limited to: preparing meals, providing in-home patient care, applying health and sanitation standards, and monitoring their patient’s progress.
A person seeking Patient Care Assisting as a career should have a sympathetic nature and emotional stability. An CNA needs to have keen observational skills as support staff members are often the ones to first notice a change in patient symptoms. The CNA also needs to be able to communicate effectively with others about symptoms, and must be able to work effectively under the supervision of more senior medical personnel.
Where You Study Matters: Based on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this certificate program, which has no prerequisites and does not require a high school diploma, provides high-quality training in patient care at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost. When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and modern medical office training lab, you'll see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your patient care assisting career.
What's required to get started? You must have a valid Palm Beach State application on file with the Admission/Registration office. You do not need a high school diploma in order to be eligible for this program. See Program Overview and Program Facts and Deadlines for more information.
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What is a Patient Care Assistant (PCA)? A patient care assistant (PCA) is a nursing assistant who has successfully completed a PCA or CNA program. He/she may be employed in many different areas within the health care continuum: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and doctor's offices, to name just a few.
What is the Employment Outlook for an PCA? Demand for nursing assistants is expected to grow about as fast as the average over the next few years. Replacement of support staff leaving the CNA nursing profession should be a major source of new job opportunities. Patient Care Assistants held about 1,545,200 jobs in 2014. About 53 percent of CNAs worked in nursing care facilities, 25 percent in hospitals facilities, and another 18 percent in residential care facilities. Others worked for home health care services and Federal, State, and local government agencies. Most patient care assistants work full-time.
What is the Average Salary of an PCA? The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $25,100 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18,110, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $37,710.
For more information regarding salary and job outlook for PCAs, please visit the Department of Labor and Statistics website.
Earn Credits Towards the Practical Nursing Program: Students who enroll in and complete our PCA program are eligible to receive credits towards our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program.
Graduates of the Patient Care Assistant program will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV).