Patient Care Assistant, TCC (PC21) Technical Certificate of Credit


Campus Locations: Moultrie (Veterans Parkway), Thomasville, Tifton, Bainbridge, Blakely

The Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students with rigorous classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences to perform a full range of patient care duties or services under nursing or medical direction. This includes taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, observing and charting patient information, and reporting appropriate information to supervisors. It may also include providing various outreach services to clients within the community. Students who successfully complete the Patient Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the State nurse aide registry.

*Students must complete the entry level occupational Work Ethics course during the selected introductory course in order to graduate.
** Students must complete the capstone level occupational Work Ethics course during the selected capstone course in order to graduate.
Age: 16 years for First Semester but must be 17 years of age or older at time of registration for NAST 1100.

Length of Program: Two (2) Semesters

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admission criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: A high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is not necessary for application or admission, but must be received prior to the awarding of this certificate. College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Patient Care Assistant, Technical Certificate of Credit.

Credits Required for Graduation: 23 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Note: Some credits from this program may be applied to a diploma program. Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and /or legal violation of the law may not be allowed to complete the practicum requirements. This could result in being withdrawn from the program.

Upon successful completion of NAST 1100, Students may apply to the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) which determines competency to be enrolled in the Georgia State Nurse Aide registry.

Accreditation Information: The NAST 1100 course (in the Nurse Aide, TCC and Patient Care Assisting, TCC programs) is approved by Alliant Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF), 1455 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia 30346, Phone: 800-982-0411, Fax: 678-527-3034, http://www.gmcf.org.

Cost
Books: $626.77
Fees: $355.00
Tuition: $1,400.00
Total: $2,381.77
Books: $483.56
Fees: $668.00
Tuition: $900.00
Total: $2,051.56
Curriculum Outline (23 hours)
1: Basic Skills Courses (2 Hours) 2
EMPL 1000

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

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2: Occupational Courses (21 hours) 21
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer and digital terminology, and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

3
ALHS 1011

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

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ALHS 1040

Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.

3
ALHS 1060

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education. This course is the equivalent of PNSG 1030 û Clinical Nutrition and PNSG 2010 û Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences.

2
ALHS 1090

Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
NAST 1100

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of the human body systems and common disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residentÆs condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residentsÆ rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care. NOTE: Students enrolled in this course are required to complete the entry level occupational work ethics course during the same term. NOTE: Students enrolled in this course are required to cpmplete the capstone level occupational work ethics course during the same term.

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Faculty
Advisor

Allied Health/PCA Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Moultrie Veterans Parkway

800 North Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 31788
Advisor

Nurse Aide Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Bainbridge

Advisor

Nurse Aide/Patient Care Assisting Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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