Patient Care Assistant Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Patient care assistants perform basic patient care, such as checking vital signs or feeding patients. Patient care assistant programs should provide students with as much career-related experience as possible through internships, externships and clinical rotations.

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Most patient care assistant college programs result in a certificate or an associate's degree. Many of these programs are designed to prepare students for certification exams with prep courses covering basic nursing knowledge and potential exam topics.

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Schools with Patient Care Assistant Programs

These nine schools provide undergraduate training for aspiring patient care assistants:

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,426
Cleveland Community College Shelby, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,398
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,104
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $3,569
Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $8,700
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate $2,080
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $10,885
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM 2-year, Public Certificate $1,148
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate $2,046

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for patient care assistant schools:

  • Aspiring patient care assistants should ensure internships are readily available at the school they choose.
  • Students may also want to look for programs that offer shorter work experience opportunities, such as externships or clinical rotations.

By earning a certificate from a community college that provides practical training in addition to relevant coursework, individuals who want to become patient care assistants can obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for entry level positions in this field.

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