The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Certificate program prepares students with relevant healthcare knowledge, occupational-specific skills, and attitude needed for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants in various healthcare settings (acute-care, long-term care, physician’s office, and in home health). There are four (4) rigorous courses in this program designed to cultivate critical thinking, problem-solving and employability skills based on quality academic standards. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for a certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).
The PCA program will be offered face-to-face, and web enhanced. The program has a total of 392 contact hours of combined didactic/theory, skills laboratory/simulation and clinical/practicum at healthcare facilities. Program content include, but is not limited to
effective communication skills, basic nursing skills, safe and effective basic patient care assistance including activities of daily living (ADL) across the life-span and a major focus in adult and gerontology care, end-of-life care, employability skills, emergency care, infection control, supervised medication administration, rehabilitative and restorative care, structure and function of body systems, vital signs, ethical and legal issues, nutrition, human needs and development, and pet-facilitated therapy.
Program Learning Outcomes: By the end of this PCA program, 80% of the graduates will obtain at least an 80% of the following program learning outcomes as measured by their clinical/practicum evaluation tool:
Students can enroll in this program full-time (FT) or part-time (PT). Students must successfully complete each of the below courses in the FT or PT option to earn a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Certificate
This program is designed to provide students with introductory skills necessary to function as a patient care assistant (PCA) in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn valuable technical skills through in class instruction, hands-on lab experience and opportunities to work in local healthcare facilities.
The Patient Care Assistant helps patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Trained Clinical Nurse (TCN). PCA’s are also commonly referred to as a Nursing Assistant or a Nurse’s Aide.
Upon successful completion, graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, doctor’s offices and other healthcare related facilities.
NOTE: Prospective students wishing to attend classes in Freeport should apply directly to the Freeport campus once the program becomes available in Grand Bahama.
3. Complete an interview with the School of Allied Health Sciences to determine your preparedness for the program
4. Complete the PCA program Supplemental Application located at the back of this packet and submit it along with unofficial transcripts for BJC’s and prior coursework to the attention of the Coordinator of the PCA program at BIBT’s address listed above at least three (3) months prior to the trimester in which you wish to start the program.
5. Two (2) letters of reference from prior or current teachers or clergy (see template at the end of this application.
6. Submit the following clinical requirements to the PCA Program Coordinator before the start of the first course.
NOTE: Students cannot attend clinical in healthcare institutions and in patients’ homes without the below requirements:
Total Program Length: Full-time = 16 Weeks Part-Time = 32 Weeks
Total # of Contact Hours 392
Didactic/Theory = 176
Skills/Simulation Lab = 136
Clinical Practicum = 80
Start Date: To be determined by the Office of the Dean
One-time Application Fee $50.00 Registration Fee (per term) $20.00
|Healthcare Career and Employability Skills||$420.00|
|Nursing and Home Health Assistant||$540.00|
|Medication Administration Assistant||$420.00|
|Patient Care in Hospital Settings||$540.00|
Books (Not included: Estimated Cost $400 - $600)
Incidental Fees (Not included: Estimated Cost $600 - $800)
(Physical exam, police record, drug tests, uniform, shoes, watch, labs, school supplies, etc)