PC21 Patient Care Assistant, Technical Certificate of Credit

Offered at the Griffin and Flint River Campuses and Henry Sites

Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum Length of Program: 2 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 23

Program Description

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.

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.)

Must be age 16 to have a background and drug screen.

CPR $6.75
Liability insurance per term $10
Medical exam and immunizations Varies
Equipment/supplies/tote bag $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 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


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

Second Term

ALHS 1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences


NAST 1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals


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

Choose one of the following:

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development



PSYC 1010Basic Psychology