Is A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Right For You?


A Personal Care Assistant is the perfect way to introduce yourself to a career in medicine. The PCA Course is only 12 hours, so you can complete your training in no time!

Another option for PCAs is to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. A CNA course covers the materials and skills a PCA will need to succeed – and more! Because of this, many area employers will hire CNAs for their PCA positions.


Difference Between Patient Care Assistants and Certified Nursing Assistants

The main difference between these two titles is the training involved. CNAs are considered to be a low entry medical worker, whereas PCAs are essentially caregivers. So if you are considering becoming a PCA, getting a CNA certification will essentially make you a more qualified candidate.

Because these two certifications build upon each other, we allow you to apply your PCA tuition to a CNA course if you decide you would like to expand your skills in the future. Simply contact us within 60 days of completing your PCA program to do so.


PCA Course Information

Time Requirements: 12 Hours
8 Online Hours
4 Classroom Hours
– Hybrid Only –

What You Will Learn

Roles and Responsibilities of a PCA
Ethical and Legal Behavior
Communication & Cultural Diversity
Infection Prevention & Standard Precautions
Safety & Body Mechanics
Physical, Psychological, & Social Health
Confusion, Dementia, & Alzheimer’s Disease
Human Development & Aging
Mental Health
Dying, Death & Hospice
Caring for Yourself
Basic Personal Care Skills

CNA Course Information

Time Requirements: 76 Hours
44 Online Hours
32 Classroom Hours
– 100% In Classroom Also Available –

What You Will Learn

All the skills from the PCA Course plus:

The skills of a nurse assistant (CNA) and their role within a health care team, including setting up medical equipment, assisting in medical procedures and taking/recording vital signs

Effective communication skills to interact with staff, co-workers, faculty, and other members of the healthcare team

The importance of privacy and security for patients and others

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