Patient Care Assistant

Patient Care Assistant


The mission of the Patient Care Assistant Program is to provide the instruction needed for students to become employed as a Patient Care Assistant, Home Health Aide, or Certified Nursing Assistant.


Clinical instruction is provided at local hospitals, geriatric facilities, hospice, various home care locations, and a variety of other health care settings.

Course completion skills include personal hygienic care, sanitation, infection control (including blood borne diseases) record keeping, observing and recording vital signs, care of patients, pre-operative care, post-operative care, assist with physicals, patient admission, transfer and discharge, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, CPR and First Aide, and home health care.


  • Mandatory Orientation for the class starting February 12, 2018 and ending April 26, 2018 will be held on February 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Unique Requirements:

Completion time depends on the progress of the individual. The typical length of this program for the average achieving student is 290 hours.

Completion Levels:

  • Health Careers Core - Basic Health Care Worker
  • Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated)
  • Advanced Home Health Aide
  • Patient Care Assistant

Completion Requirements:

A student must have passed all required courses in the program, attend at least ninety percent (90%) of the class hours offered and satisfied all financial obligations before he or she is eligible to receive a certificate of completion for the program.

Course Information


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Contact Instructor

Andrea George - 726-2430 Ext. 4307


Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance