Personal care aide covers older man in wheelchair with blanket

Interested in a career caring for the elderly or those with physical limitations without needing all the medical knowledge of a nurse or CNA? The Personal Care Aide (PCA) program will prepare you with the skills, know-how and certifications to get started in this hands-on field.

PCAs work in a homecare environment assisting individuals with daily activities such as using the bathroom, preparing and eating meals, executing good hygiene and grooming habits, taking medication, bathing and completing housework or other chores. 

personal care aide works with patient on exercise

Upon completion of this program, you will earn the following industry-recognized credentials/certificates: Personal Care Assistant Certificate, Dementia Care Certificate, American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid, CPR AED, Essential Job Skills Certificate, and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification.

In This Course You'll Learn To:

  • describe the role and scope of practices of the PCA in the healthcare system
  • learn about confidentiality and privacy of medical records and learn about HIPPA laws
  • demonstrate safe practice with regard to environmental safety, infection control, patient safety, and safety of self
  • demonstrate proper methods for assisting clients with activities of daily living
  • demonstrate the safety and procedure of lifting residents
  • describe the basic structure, function, and diseases of the human body
  • describe the role of the PCA when caring for patients with special needs
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge of Mental Health First Aid, and Dementia Care

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds or more

Next Steps

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