Personal Care Assistant: Health and Practice

  • Mimi Bourquin- Instructor


    Grade level 11-12. AM session only


    Why take this course?

    • Practice Essential skills to develop hands-on techniques and understand career expectations
    • Explore common medical conditions
    • Earn industry certifications to prepare for immediate employment upon age 18


    Personal Care Assistant The Personal Care Assistants (PCA) class is designed as an introductory course for students interested in direct patient care careers such as nursing. PCA, also referred to as home health aides, assist the elderly and individuals with disabilities to live at home safely. This is one of the fastest growing occupations both locally and nationally. At the completion of this course, students will be qualified to work in a variety of entry-level health-related jobs in a variety of settings such as a person’s private home, assisted living home, or hospital.  Upon successful completion of the PCA class, students will receive a State of Alaska PCA Certificate. Students will demonstrate proficiency in basic health care skills such as vital signs and infection control, and personal care skills such as bathing, dressing, toileting and grooming assistance. Students will explore topics such as disease processes, communication, dementia care, and disability awareness. 


    Credits and Certifications

    .5 Health

    1.0 Elective

    State of Alaska PCA Certificate

    CPR & First Aid - AHA Heartsaver

    State of Alaska Core Competencies for Direct Service Providers


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