Patient Care Assistant (PCA)


While Quality Career Pathways doesn’t offer a specific PCA certification, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification covers the materials and skills a PCA will need to succeed. Because of this, many area employers will hire CNAs for their PCA positions.

Patient Care Assistant

The Quality Career Pathways Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program Details:

The CNA Course Will Teach You

The skills of a nurse assistant (CNA) and their role within a health care team

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

The important privacy and security of patients and others

Time Commitment

76 Hour Course including instruction, training and testing
Traditional and Online Hybrid formats available
Traditional: 76 hrs classroom
Online Hybrid:  44 hrs online prior to 32 hrs in the classroom

Tuition & Testing

Paid in Full: $510 ($525 May – July)
Includes tuition,  one state written and clinical exam and registry submission
Payment plans available


Textbook $40 (optional self-study)
Workbook $20 (optional self-study)
Skills Book $15 (optional self-study)

Requirements To Enroll 

Be at least 16 years old
Ability to speak, read, write & understand English
Aware of & within the eligibility requirements for placement on the State Nurse Aide Registry
In good physical health and able to lift 25 pounds
Attend class at the Quality Career Pathways in Omaha, NE

CNA Certification Testing

Written and Clinical exams are done at the school in Omaha, NE


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.