Patient Care Assistant

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The Patient Care Assistant program prepares students for employment as advanced cross-trained nursing assistants, patient care assistants, nursing aides, orderlies, and home health aides.


Training includes assisting nurses with sterile procedures, performing dressing changes, assisting patients with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene. Students are eligible to take the state nursing assistant (CNA) examination.

Training focuses on nursing assistant practices with emphasis on the nurse-patient relationship. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices and home health care settings. In order to take the Patient Care Assisting program and receive a certificate of completion, all of the courses must be taken.

Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

The Patient Care Assistant program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of four Occupational Completion Points. OCPs provide a student with early completion training options linked to employment opportunities established by the Florida Department of Education based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and accepted industry titles.

Academic Skill Level Required to Complete the Program

H170692 OCP Postsecondary Program of Study 290 Hrs
HSC0003 A* Basic Healthcare Worker 90
HCP0121 B Nursing Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 75
HCP0332 C Advanced Home Health Aide 50
HCP0020 D Patient Care Assistant 75
* OCP A, Basic Healthcare Worker, is the foundation of the majority of health-related programs of study. If the student has high school credit for Health Science I and Health Science 2 or an applicant can demonstrate the skills in those courses through a written and performance test for OCP A, the student may start with OCP B, Nursing Aide and Orderly (Articulated).
Dual Enrollment is available for high school students.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Industry Certification/Licensure

During the Patient Care Assistant program, students take the following exam:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health

Program Cost

  • $1,670.95
Tuition and Fees


Start Date

August 10, 2020*
* Based on program availability

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