Patient Care Assistant
Provide basic patience care under the direction of nursing staff
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health Science career cluster.
This program is designed to prepare students for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants (SOC 31-1014 Nursing Assistants). All others, Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides, and Orderlies, or Home Health Aides. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant, for both acute and long-term care settings. The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.
16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
The entire program is 290 hours but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:
|OCP A||Basic Healthcare Worker||90 Hours|
|OCP B||Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)||75 Hours|
|OCP C||Advanced Home Health Aide||50 Hours|
|OCP D||Patient Care Assistant||75 Hours|
|Total Hours: 290|
Those students who satisfactorily complete an approved course are eligible to apply to take the national nursing assistant examination being utilized in Florida, in accordance with Chapter 464.204, F.S. This program includes both Acute and Long Term Care. Students are expected to complete program competencies.
- Patient Care Assistant
- Home Health Aide
- Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant by the State of Florida
The average wage for this career in Florida is $13.78 hourly or $28,660 annually.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
$15.00 application fee per trimester
Material fee – $75.00
Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
Liability/Accidental Insurance: $25.00
Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable
Testing Fee: $240.00
Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.