GC51 Geriatric Care Assistant, Technical Certificate of Credit

Offered at the Griffin and Flint River Campuses and Henry, COI, and GRCCA Sites

Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum Length of Program: 2 term
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 15

Program Description

The Geriatric Care Assistant Technical Certificate provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to qualify employment as a nurse aide in nursing homes, elder personal care homes, and home healthcare agencies. The certificate emphasizes geriatric patient care, CPR, and first aid. Students successfully completing the certificate are eligible to be placed on the State Registry for nurse aides.

College Admission Requirements

Prospective students entering all degree, diploma and certificate programs must do all of the following: 

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks

Criminal background and drug screen
(Fee is based on facility utilized for clinical. The fee for the criminal background check will increase if student has lived out of state.)

Students must be 16 years of age or older to get a background check and drug screen, This is a requirement for clinical.

CPR $6.75
Liability insurance per term $10
Medical exam and immunizations Varies
Equipment/supplies $100
Uniforms $150
Certification exam $130

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Contact Us

Vicky Mack, RN, Program Coordinator

Email: Vicky.Mack@sctech.edu

Phone: 770.412.4592


Program Courses

First Term

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care



ALHS 1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences



ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


GERT 1000Understanding the Geronotological Client


GERT 1020 Behavioral Aspects of Aging


All classes MUST be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Second Term

GERT 1030 Gerontological Nutrition



Nurse-Aide-Course-Selection-Choose-ONE of the Following Courses:

ALHS 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals (Non-Certification)


NAST 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals


NAST 2100Nurse Aide Accelerated


All classes MUST be passed with a grade of C or higher.