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Patient Care Assistant (Limited Access Program)
Program Information
Vocational Certificate - Code 1176/1076 - Catalog 2011/2012
Sheryl Gray, Assistant Chair
Linda Vought, Office Assistant, 386-506-3250
Karen DAmadio, Staff Assistant, 386-506-3069,
08/03/2011 M - 947

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes Mission:
The mission of the nursing assistant program is to provide an innovative learning environment that prepares students to be professional, ethical, and competent caregivers in an increasingly diverse society. The realization of this mission will be student attainment of learning and end of program outcomes.

The patient care assistant program prepares students to pursue a career as a nurse's aide in a hospital, long-term care facility or home health agency under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Clinical experiences are provided at local extended care facilities, hospitals and other community agencies. Job title: Nursing Assistant. Graduates are eligible to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program (NACEP) for certification as a nursing assistant in Florida.

Graduates of the program will be able to:
1. Utilize Maslow's human needs theory in provision of care to diverse clients across the life span during illness.
2. Demonstrate skills safely and accurately during client care; observing and reporting physical, spiritual, psychosocial needs of the client.
3. Assist the nurse in planning and implementing care to meet the client's nutrition, hydration, and elimination needs.
4. Identify signs, symptoms, and causes of pressure ulcers and clients at risk.
5. Demonstrate and describe the needs of the client and/ or family with acute, chronic, terminal, emotional and or psychological disorders.
6. Demonstrate efficient, effective and safe use of equipment and devices.
7. Identify safety issues in the home.
8. Demonstrate infection control while in the home.
9. Identify methods for proper preparation and storage of food in the home.

Note: The length of this program makes it ineligible for federal and state financial aid.

Approximate Additional Costs Lab Fees (including liability insurance) - $25
Textbook/Workbook Combo and Syllabus - $69.95
Uniform - $35
Laboratory Supplies - $60
Graduation Fee - $10
FDLE/FBI Background Screening - $90
NACEP Exam - $161.25 for resident residing in FL longer than 5 years; $160 for those living in FL less than 5 years

Additional Admission Requirements -Score on the placement test for vocational programs which indicate language and reading at the 10th grade level and math ability at the 9th grade level.

The following items must be received prior to the first day of clinical:

-Completion of health screening to include: verification of immunization against tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and Hepatitis 'B'; and negative test for tuberculosis.

-Satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

-Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification for healthcare providers to include adults, infant, children, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) affiliated with the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

-Program specific courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.

Program Specific Courses
Course Title    
HCP0600 Patient Care Assistant   3.34 Conc-Reqs: HCP0600L
HCP0600L Patient Care Assistant Lab   6.33 Conc-Reqs: HCP0600
... ... Dual Enrolled Option (High School Students Only)  
HCP0731 Phlebotomy   1.00

Sample Program of Study
Course Title    
... ... 1st Semester  
HCP0600 Patient Care Assistant   3.34 Conc-Reqs: HCP0600L
HCP0600L Patient Care Assistant Lab   6.33 Conc-Reqs: HCP0600
TOTAL  VOC. HRS.   9.67

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

2011-2012 College Catalog. To view previous catalogs, please click here.