Patient Care Assistant Certificate

Program Description

This program is focused on those individuals who wish to pursue careers in health care which are short-term and expedite students into the workforce. The successful completion of the Patient Care Aide Certificate (first semester of program) awards students with Advanced First Aid and Emergency Red Cross Certification as well as Phlebotomy Certification. The Patient Care Aide Certificate is the pre-requisite for the Patient Care Technician Certificate. Upon successful completion of the Patient Care Technician Certificate, students would be eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Assistant Certificate Exam. While taking the career and technical coursework, the student receives support via Adult Education to ensure successful completion.

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Display Nursing Assistant knowledge at a competent level.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Patient Care Assistant Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

HEAL 102 Foundations of Wellness (3)
HEAL 200 First Aid (3)
PCA 100 Intro to the Human Body (3)
PCA 200 Phlebotomy Skills (3)

Second Semester

PCA 101 Med Terminology for Health Professions (3)
PCA 102 Health Care Professional Skills (1)
NA 100 Basic Nurse Assistant Training (8)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 24