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Get Started on Your Career Path Today!

Step 1 - Attend a Program Specific Orientation
Step 2 - Basic Skills Testing
Step 3 - Complete an Application
Step 4 - Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)
Step 5 - Request Disability Services (Optional)
Step 6 - Complete & Upload Required Documents
Step 7 - Counselor Interview
Step 8 - Registration & Enrollment

Patient Care Assistant


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 & April

Delivery Method:
Traditional – 100% classroom based

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

Course Content:

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 o Nursing will issue a certificate to those who pas the examination.

Additional Skills Covered:

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

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:

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

To get started in the Patient Care Assistant program, sign up today for a program orientation!

Counselor: [email protected] 

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Patient Care Assistants is expected to grow about 8%* between 2019 and 2029
  • Entry level wages are about $15/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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