Personal Care Assistant (PCA) with CPR

The number of Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) is expected to grow by 46% by 2018 based on U.S. Department of Labor employment projections. PCAs are and will continue to be in high demand as the population continues to age

and individuals transition from long-term care facilities to home care. Earlier hospital discharges and the need to care for veterans returning from service will further increase the demand for trained PCAs.

Training was developed in consultation with a variety of state and non-profit entities, along with patients and their families. This course covers topics including the role of the personal care assistant, care of elderly and disabled individuals, proper body mechanics, nutrition, infection control, vital signs, fall prevention, safe wheelchair use, cultural competency, respect, communication, CPR/AED Certification, and specific diseases. The program will also cover the social service aspects of a PCA’s responsibilities.

Guest presenters include family and patients currently employing PCAs, as well as non-profit agency representatives whose constituents’ needs may be met by trained PCAs.

This course includes an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.

This certificate program has been enhanced to provide you with better preparation for the world of work and to make a successful transition from training to career. As part of your certificate, you will learn workplace and career planning skills. Topics include: Problem solving, decision making, time management, professional behavior in the workplace, job search strategies, interviewing skills, and financial literacy. Students will also learn cover letter and resume writing tips.

NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.


Our certificate programs have been enhanced to provide you with the skills necessary to start your new career and how to make a successful transition from training to career. Topics covered are: Classroom Success, Navigating the Workplace, Soft Skills, Resume/Cover Letter Prep, Interview/Job Search Techniques. Students must complete this additional 12hr course in order to receive their certificate. This course is included in the cost of the certificate.

Dates are posted on the course page, here.


• High school diploma or GED
• Pass assessment test for reading. Call our Customer Service Center at (860) 906-5130 to schedule testing. Individuals with college experience may request the assessment test be waived.


Course Code: HMED G5366

Not offered at this time