Patient Care Assistant

Seminole State will no longer offer the Patient Care Technician Program as of July 2014. Students who have these program plans are encouraged to visit with the career program advisors to determine other programs that meet their educational goals. The career program advisors can be reached at:

Patient Care Assistants (PCA) receive additional training that expands the traditional role of the nursing assistant. This training includes an increase in supervised clinical hours, a component related to home health, and a component related to caring for patients in a hospital. The training prepares students to work in a health care facility other than a nursing home.

What is the PCA Program at Seminole State?

This Seminole State Healthcare program is a planned sequence of instruction, which offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the Nursing Assistant. Emphasis will be placed on Acute, Long Term Care and Home Health Skills. The student MUST successfully complete the Basic Healthcare Worker, Nursing Assistant and Advanced Home Health Aide courses in order to enter into the Patient Care Assistant course.

Upon satisfactory completion of the 165 hour Articulated Nursing Assistant course, the student is eligible to take the Nursing Assistant Competency Exam for Certification as a Nursing Assistant.


290 contact hours which include:

  • Classroom lecture, activities, and skills practice in on-campus lab
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
  • HIV / AIDS / Hepatitis B., TB
  • Employability skills
  • Clinical experience at a long-term care facility

Career Opportunities

According to Employ Florida Marketplace, employment opportunities abound! Approximately 1,800 job openings are expected each year in Florida until 2019. On average, nursing assistants and patient care assistants earn $13/hour in Florida. In some areas of the state, patient care assistants may earn as much as $15/hour.

Want more info? Contact us.

Nursing Department
Fax: 407.404.6201
Altamonte Springs Room ALT-108

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