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.
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.