Health Science

Patient Care Assistant

Be part of the exciting health science field!

The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) program prepares students for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants and provides foundational knowledge and skills.  Students receive training in communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety/emergency procedures, promoting residents’ independence and respecting patient rights.  The PCA works in the hospital setting as a member of the healthcare team under the direction of the nurse.  Duties include taking vital signs and assisting patients with basic tasks.

A certificate is issued at the successful completion of the program in accordance with State guidelines.  Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification examination.  The Florida Department of Health/Board of Nursing will issue a certificate to those who pass the examination.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Communication Skills & Challenges
  • End -of-Life Care
  • Emergency Care/First Aid/Disasters
  • Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Human Needs & Development
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Nursing Assistant Role & Employability Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Personal Patient/Environment Care
  • Rehabilitative & Restorative Care
  • Safety & Body Mechanics
  • Subacute Care
  • The Body System
  • Vital Signs

    Industry Certification Exam & State Credential:

    Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

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    Job Outlook in the South Florida Tri-County Area:

    According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the current South Florida Tri-County entry annual salary range for Patient Care Assistant positions is approximately $21,000 – $24,100.  Actual wages may vary according to education, certifications, and experience.

    Enroll in our Patient Care Assistant program today.

    To get started in the Patient Care Assistant program program,  Sign Up today for a program orientation or contact counselor: [email protected] 

    Program Info

    The Daytime Program is offered at the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus
    1701 NW 23rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 33311

    Program Length:

    290 hours (approximately 10 weeks – full time)

    Program Offered:

    August, November & February

    Delivery Method:

    Traditional – 100% classroom based

    Days & Times:


    Monday – Friday
    7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m